A photo of the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was circulating on social media as he was reading a book aboard a plane and appeared not to be wearing his mask at the time.
A reporter for the Tennessee Star, a conservative outlet, posted a photo of Kerry first-class reading a book while not wearing a mask-which seems to break the mandate that masks should be worn, while resisting US the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the mask is seen hanging over one of Kerry’s ears.
A passenger told Fox News, who confirmed the passenger was on the same flight, Kerry said he wore his mask to board the plane but took it off shortly after. It was a full full flight, the passenger said.
The passenger also said Kerry wore his mask and wore it on almost every flight, Fox News reports.
@TheTNStar Exclusive: Biden’s @ClimateEnvoy John Kerry, took off his mask as he settled on a book in his first-class chair before takingoff today in a @AmericanAir flights from Boston to DC. He neither eats, nor drinks. He simply demonstrated the mandatory policy on Biden’s mask. pic.twitter.com/t1wDq9OtxD
– ReporterMcCabe (@ NeilWMcCabe2) March 17, 2021
It is a federal law in the United States that people traveling on an airplane must wear a face mask “from the time you enter the airport where your flight begins, board your flight, and until you leave. you’re at the airport where your trip ends, ”as American Airlines writes here website.
The airline continued, “If you refuse to wear one, you can refuse to ride and future travel to American. You could also face penalties under federal law.” It is only allowed to remove a mask for a moment. while “actively eating, drinking or taking medication by mouth, but it should be worn between bites and sips.”
American Airlines was asked to clarify their policy in response to Kerry’s photo, in which it said, “Masks are required aboard our aircraft, and we’re looking into it.”
Masks are required to board our aircraft, and we take a look at it.
– americanair (@AmericanAir) March 17, 2021
– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 17, 2021
Why didn’t the American make him a mask ?! https://t.co/10imDfIGi3
– Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 17, 2021
The only surprise was that John Kerry was flying commercial. pic.twitter.com/TWoTSZkeVR
– Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 17, 2021
Additionally, the passenger from Kerry’s flight told Fox News, “I salute our Excellent President for Climate for not flying privately, but instead flying first class commercial with remaining common people. And while he cannot afford to follow himself to follow the restrictions in the mask of his own party, we must cut him off with laziness, “adding,” Being a select hypocrite is industrious! “
Kerry backed away as he sought to clarify the picture. He suggested “momentarily” off the mask.
“It feels like there’s been a few days of St. Patrick’s‘ malarkey ’that has been on fire on Twitter,” Kerry responded on Twitter.
He continued, “Let’s be clear: If I drop my mask on one ear on a flight, it’s temporary. I wear my mask because it saves lives and stops the spread. This is what science tells us to do.”
It feels like there are a few days of St. Patrick that “malarkey” rages on Twitter. Let’s be clear: If I dropped my mask on one ear on a flight, it was fleeting. I wore my mask because it saves lives and stops the spread. This is what science tells us to do.
– Special President John Kerry (@ClimateEnvoy) March 17, 2021
Also a spokesperson for American Airlines told Fox News, “The staff did not observe Secretary Kerry without a mask, and they were not alerted by other customers to a non -compliance issue. We are continuing to review this matter and we reach out to Secretary Kerry to emphasize that all customers are expected to wear masks for the duration of their trip. “
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