June 17, 2024

Republican senator shown without mask on Delta Airlines flight

A passenger on a Delta Airlines flight posted a photo to Twitter of U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) with his mask tucked under his chin.

Wicker, an ally of President Donald Trump, was criticized on the social media platform after putting fellow passengers at risk.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), pays respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on September 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)

An advertising and media specialist for Democrat Mike Espy’s campaign, Matt Harringer, spotted the senator on the flight from Washington, D.C. to Jackson, Mississippi, Sun Herald reported.

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He decided to post the unmasked politician on Twitter.

“Senator Wicker lowered his face mask to eat a snack and forgot to put it back up. When he was reminded by a flight attendant, he put the mask back up,” said Rick Vanmeter, Sen. Wicker’s communications director.

“He did not attend any recent events at the White House and has not been in contact with any of the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days,” he said.

However, Harringer told the Sun Herald that Wicker had his mask down on his chin for 90% of the entire flight, and he time stamped the images of his unmasked face.

Wicker’s mask was under his chin at 8:37 p.m., 9:27 p.m. and 9:46 p.m. on Thursday, which, according to Harringer, were times before takeoff, during the flight, and just before landing, the Sun Herald reported.

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“I think the people on the plane, the woman in front of him, me, who was sitting 5 feet away from him, deserve to know his status,” Harringer said.

“It’s incredibly upsetting to see people like the senator act like this is no big deal,” Harringer said. “I don’t know if he’s lost anybody he loved, but when you lose somebody you love, you get upset about people not wearing masks.”

In response to his tweet, Delta Airlines stated that the company is launching an investigation.

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