An “exclusive” story from The Daily Wire claims to show Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D – CA) flying on United Airlines without her mask on. In this case, however, I recommend withholding judgment until we have more information.
Maxine Waters Accused Of Flying Without Mask On United Airlines
Several readers shared this story with me, so I want to address it. In dramatic narrative, The Daily Wire describes how the polarizing Democratic congresswoman removed her mask during a transcontinental United Airlines flight from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles and was ignored by flight attendants.
“Maxine had her mask off for at least an hour while she read her paper and took a nap. Attendants brought her fresh coffee while she was napping and didn’t say a thing as three of them walked past and saw Maxine reading and then sleeping while she remained maskless.”
When a flight attendant told a passenger across the aisle to put on a mask, he protested, pointing to Waters. It was only when that occurred that Congresswoman Waters was awakened from her sleep and told to put her mask on too.
This all according to a “passenger” onboard, who purportedly snapped the picture above.
As damning as the picture looks, consider:
- We don’t know the date this flight occurred
- We cannot see any other passenger wearing a mask, so it isn’t clear if this picture was taken recently or pre-pandemic
- I tried to make out the headline and google it, but it’s too grainy. I think one word is “pushback” and one word is “GOP.” Is there reader good at enhancing photos who might be able to sharpen that?
- Notice how the angle of the shot makes it impossible to see if Water’s seatmate is wearing a mask or not, which would be a good indicator if the photo was recent or not
Waters has been a mask zealot since the start of the pandemic:
Take a chance. Remind an unmasked person to put on a mask & if they become angry, smile and say “6ft away” & keep going.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) April 15, 2020
Trump is a dangerous example for children and those who tend to follow him. Not wearing a mask and not social distancing is dangerous. Do not follow his example. Protect yourself. Coronavirus kills! Maybe this ignoramus doesn’t care, but you should care about yourself!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) May 25, 2020
Trump still refuses to wear a mask. Trump’s FAILED leadership & his unfortunate followers not wearing masks & not social distancing is responsible for the growing infections, death, & surge in #coronavirus cases.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) June 30, 2020
It would be the height of hypocrisy for her to flout the very rule she has been so forceful a proponent of.
The highly-partisan narrative of The Daily Wire story does not pass my smell test. While Waters absolutely should be severely condemned if she did fly recently and not wear her face mask, I’m certainly not prepared to assert this happened based upon a single undated photo and anonymous account from another passenger.