Senator Ted Cruz was not wearing a face mask while traveling via American Airlines. The airline said it reached out to Sen. Ted Cruz’s office about the importance of wearing face masks while traveling. A photo of Sen. Ted Cruz. 49, not wearing a mask on the American Airlines went viral on Twitter on Sunday. The senator was seen sitting without a mask on, holding a cup of coffee and scrolling through his phone in the photo. Another photo from the same trip showed the senator standing in line also without a face mask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people “wear a cloth face covering in public” while traveling, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. The American Airlines guidelines also require passengers to wear a mask at all times.
A spokeswoman for Cruz says the senator was taking a drink at the time the viral plane photo was taken. Also Read– Studies show Blood type may affect COVID-19 risk
“To help promote safety, Senator Cruz wears a mask when traveling, and practices social distancing where possible,” spokeswoman Lauren Aronson said in a statement. “Consistent with airline policy, he temporarily removes the mask while eating or drinking. On Sunday 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.”
The viral photo of Sen. Ted Cruz not wearing a face mask aboard American Airlines was shared by Hosseh Enad, a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Enad tweeted that the photo was posted by a ‘friend of a friend.’
A spokesperson for American Airlines confirmed in a statement that Cruz took a flight on Sunday with one of its domestic regional partners and that its mask policy does not apply to those momentarily removing their mask to eat or take a drink.
“For the well-being of our customers and team members, we require face coverings to be worn onboard, and we expect our customers to comply with our policies when they choose to travel with us,” the airline’s spokesperson said. “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.”