The White House has yet to respond to reports that John Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate, traveled without a mask on a commercial airline flight. The Biden administration has been very clear that wearing masks is non-negotiable for normal Americans, but it’s apparently no problem for administration officials.
The Tennessee Star first published the photo of the maskless Kerry. The report claimed he was not eating or drinking at the time the photo was taken of his trip from Boston to Washington, D.C.
NOTE: His mask is off & he isn’t eating or drinking. Will he be fined for breaking the law & banned from flying @AmericanAir like regular citizens would be?#LiberalPrivilege pic.twitter.com/3j7j57jXVI
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 17, 2021
Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office requiring a federal mask mandate for every American traveling by plane.
Kerry responded the report was “malarkey.” He noted, “Let’s be clear: If I dropped my mask to one ear on a flight, it was momentary. I wear my mask because it saves lives and stops the spread. It’s what the science tells us to do.”
The Hill reported, “The crew did not observe Secretary Kerry without a mask, and they were not alerted by other customers to a non-compliance issue,” a spokesperson for American Airlines later said.
“We continue to review the matter and we are reaching out to Secretary Kerry to underscore that all customers are expected to wear masks for the duration of their trip.”
American Airlines noted their current policy on Twitter and claims they will investigate.
“We require masks on board our aircraft and are looking into this,” they wrote.
We require masks on board our aircraft and are looking into this.
— americanair (@AmericanAir) March 17, 2021