TheHill reports American Airlines, which requires all passengers to wear masks during the duration of their flight, said it has reached out to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after photographs emerged of the senator not wearing a mask on a plane.
A Cruz spokesperson has said that Cruz was drinking coffee and removed his mask to do so when he was photographed.
“As we do in all instances like these, we reviewed the details of the matter, and while our policy does not apply while eating or drinking, we have reached out to Sen. Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy as part of our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the traveling public,” an American Airlines spokesperson told The Hill.
A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee operative, Hosseh Enad, tweeted a photograph of Cruz at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday on a flight and not wearing a mask.
— Hosseh (@hossehenad) July 13, 2020
“To help promote safety, Senator Cruz wears a mask when traveling, and practices social distancing where possible. Consistent with airline policy, he temporarily removes the mask while eating or drinking,” a Cruz spokesperson told The Hill.
The spokesperson added, “Yesterday during his flight he removed his mask to drink and put it back on afterward. We should all practice common sense measures to slow the spread of the virus.”
Cruz’s office flagged a tweet with a photograph of the senator wearing a mask on what the spokesperson said was another flight on Sunday.
Cruz flew on Sunday on one of American Airlines’ domestic regional partners.