American Airlines Launches Probe after John Kerry Caught Flying without Mask
Airline 'looking into this' after 'climate czar' photographed maskless on flight
American Airlines has said it has launched an investigation into Democrat John Kerry after Joe Biden's "climate czar" triggered outrage when he was caught flying in first-class without wearing a mask.
Kerry has defended himself after a photo emerged of him on the plane from Boston to Washington D.C. without a mask, dismissing concerns as "malarkey."
On Wednesday, an image appeared on social media that appeared to show Kerry sitting in the first-class section of a plane with a mask hanging from one ear but not covering his nose or mouth.
The image went viral after it was posted by Donald Trump Jr., prompting Kerry to respond on Twitter, saying he only uncovered his face for a short time.
"Feels like there's some St. Patrick's day 'malarkey' afoot on Twitter," Democrat Kerry said.
"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," Kerry claimed.
"It's what the science tells us to do."
Airline passengers are allowed to remove their masks while consuming food or beverages, in accordance with federal and airline policies.
SPOTTED: Liberal hypocrite & Biden Admin official @JohnKerry flouting @JoeBiden's Federal mask mandate.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 17, 2021
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
Fox News caught up with the person who snapped the photo to confirm its authenticity.
The individual, who wished to remain anonymous, told the outlet:
"I salute our Very Special Presidential Envoy for Climate for not flying private, but instead flying first class commercial with the rest of us common folk.
"And while he can't bring himself to follow his own party's mask restrictions, we should cut him some slack."
"Being an elite hypocrite is hard work!"
The Washington Examiner reported:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order that went into effect last month that requires passengers to "wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances.
"People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States."
American Airlines issued a press release shortly after, saying the company would fully comply with the new federal mandate, noting that the regulation will also help its employees in enforcing the rules.
The Washington Examiner reached out for comment from Kerry's office but did not receive an immediate response.
Hours later, however, Kerry tweeted from his official account to dismiss concerns.
Feels like there’s some St. Patrick’s day “malarkey” afoot on Twitter. 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.— Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry (@ClimateEnvoy) March 17, 2021
Once the image of Kerry hit the internet, it brought out waves of critics who blasted the hypocrisy of both Democrats and airlines over the climate czar appearing to have been handed a pass on a rule that is stringently enforced against the common man.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, there have been numerous accounts of Democratic politicians being caught flouting their own rules, and carriers banning passengers for not wearing masks — including autistic children.
As Twitter users called out American Airlines over the ordeal, the airline replied more than once that they would be "looking into" the situation with Kerry.
One critic tagged the airline in a tweet saying, "Just remember that @AmericanAir would harass YOU if YOU dared to remove your mask aboard one of its aircraft.
"Kerry, like every other Democrat, gets a pass while YOU suffer!"
The airline responded, "We require masks on board our aircraft and are looking into this."
🚨🚨🚨— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 17, 2021
ACTIVE INVESTIGATION INTO MASK BANDIT JOHN KERRY pic.twitter.com/Ru5szfIGJ9
In another response regarding the picture of Kerry, American Airlines again tweeted, "Masks are required on board our aircraft, and we are looking into this."