An Alaska State Senator who was banned by Alaska Airlines for her anti-masker antics has tested positive for COVID-19 and has said that she will keep a promise of staying out of the hospital by taking a combination of unproven treatments including the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin.
Senator Lara Reinbold, a Republican who previously described Alaska Airlines flights attendants as “mask bullies”, was banned by the airline in April after refusing to comply with its face mask rules.
The Eagle River lawmaker was barred from getting on an Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage from the remote Alaska state capital of Juneau after being spotted arguing with two airline staffers over the mask mandate. Only Alaska Airlines flies from Juneau to Anchorage.
Reinbold has been on Alaska’s no-fly list ever since, making it almost impossible for her to get to the state capital from her home 600 miles away. A spokesperson for Alaska Airlines said the ban was only initiated after at least two mask related incidents by the senator.
In recent weeks, Reinbold has pursued an anti-vaccine stance and has railed against Alaska Airlines for backing President Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate for government contractors. On Wednesday, Reinbold shared a photo of what appeared to be the Gadsden flag hanging from the door of an Alaska Airlines flight.
The bright yellow Gasden flag features a curled up snake and the words “Don’t tread on me”. It was designed by Christopher Gadsden during the American Revolution and has become a symbol of far-right extremists in recent months.
The flag was purportedly hung from the flight deck window of a Southwest Airlines plane in protest at Southwest’s vaccine mandate and featured in a photo that went viral.
“Its (sic) my turn to battle Covid head on… game on! Who do you think is going to win?” Reinbold asked her followers in a recent Facebook post. “When I defeat it, I will tell you my recipe,” she continued.
Reinbold said she was fighting COVID-19 with a combination of vitamins, aspirin and the unproven anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin which Reinbold described as “the de-covider”. It’s not clear how Reinbold got hold of the drug but some people have made themselves very ill by buying the animal version of the drug from farm supply shops.
“My naturopath gave me tips too- that I am sure will work! I will update you in a few days,” Reinbold continued.
She was less impressed with advice from her local health department to try Tylenol which can help as a fever reducer. Reinbold described the acetaminophen in Tylenol as a “bad recipe”.
On Wednesday, Reinbold was active on Facebook sharing anti-vaccine mandate articles and taking aim at airlines that were requiring their employees to get vaccinated.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.