Climate czar John Kerry has been caught with his mask down on American Airlines…and he wasn’t eating or drinking. However, Kerry calls the charges that he’s above the law a bunch of “malarkey.”
John Kerry Caught Reading Without Mask On American Airlines
Kerry, a former U.S. Secretary of State and Senator now serving as United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, was photographed without mask while traveling on American Airlines from Boston to Washington, DC in first class on American Airlines on Wednesday.
@TheTNStar Exclusive: Biden’s @ClimateEnvoy John Kerry, took off his mask as he settled into a book in his first-class seat just before takeoff today on an @AmericanAir flight Boston to DC. He was not eating, nor drinking. He was simply flaunting Biden’s mandatory mask policy. pic.twitter.com/t1wDq9OtxD
— ReporterMcCabe (@NeilWMcCabe2) March 17, 2021
The image above was first shared by the Tennessee Star, with a headline:
Maskless Climate Envoy Kerry Endangers Passengers on Boston to DC Flight
American Airlines said it is investigating the incident, noting:
“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.”
Kerry Deflects Incident
Kerry responded to the news on Twitter, stating “if” he dropped his mask on one ear, it was only momentary.
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
However, the passenger who took the picture told Fox News:
“His mask was off for five minutes. If five minutes is ‘momentarily,’ he’s correct. Not sure being in a plane without a mask for five minutes is excusable.”
The passenger had earlier noted:
“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!”
Outside the five-minute interval, Kerry wore his mask during the flight according to the passenger. Flight attendants never reminded him to place his mask on.
Ted Cruz v. John Kerry
Last year, I wrote about Ted Cruz not wearing a mask on American Airlines. He was caught not wearing his mask in the gate area at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He claimed it was a “temporary slip-up” even though several photos demonstrated that Cruz had his mask off for an extended period both in the gate area and onboard. At the time, I said, “I’ll give Cruz the benefit of the doubt here. But please Ted, just put the mask on.”
To Kerry, I say the same thing. As a vaccinated traveler, his risk posed to others is low. I look forward to the day when we no longer have to wear masks and believe there is now a certain amount of theatrics involved in wearing masks for vaccinated passengers (also more legitimate equality concerns). But most Americans have yet to be vaccinated and Kerry and other leaders must set the example. I’m not aware of any disability that would make Kerry unable to wear a mask, so he should let this tempest in a teapot be a reminder that the rules are for everyone.
John Kerry was caught without a mask on in first class. The passenger who took the picture claims the mask was down for five minute and he was not eating or drinking, but just reading. If nothing else, it is a reminder that we are always being watched.