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Add Sen. Ted Cruz to the list of airline passengers shamed for not wearing a mask on a flight.

The Texas Republican was spotted without a face covering on a Sunday flight on American Airlines, according to a post on Twitter. In the photo, Cruz, who was seated in first class on the regional jet operated by an American partner, was looking at his phone and holding a cup of coffee. A mask is not visible.

The photo was posted by Hosseh Enad, a marketing compliance associate at DCCC, the Democratic National Campaign Committee. He said in a subsequent tweet that he’d gotten it from an acquaintance. He also posted photos of an unmasked Cruz sitting in the gate area before the flight.

Captured today at 10:45am — @TedCruz on a commercial flight, refusing to wear a mask. pic.twitter.com/h8DM7J4CMi

— Hosseh (@hossehenad) July 13, 2020

Cruz spokesperson Lauren Aronson said the senator wears a mask when traveling and practices social distancing where possible.

“Consistent with airline policy , he temporarily removes the mask while eating or drinking,” she said in a statement. “Yesterday, during his flight he removed his mask to drink and put it back on afterward. We should all practice common sense measures to slow the spread of the virus.”

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said the airline is looking into the situation..

“We are committed to protecting the health and safety of all those who fly with us, and we are reviewing the details of this matter,” he said in a statement.

In June, the airline banned a passenger from future flights for refusing to wear a mask.

All U.S. airlines require passengers to wear a mask during flight except when eating or drinking but there is no federal mandate that airline crew members can cite when trying to enforce it. That’s why airline executives, unions and consumer advocates are urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to mandate mask use on planes and at airports.

Story continues Last week, the spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, expressed concern about the “creative ways” passengers are finding to to keep their masks off. 

A pilot speaks:    Without a federal mask mandate on planes, it’s hard for flight attendants to force compliance

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus flight safety: Sen. Ted Cruz spotted on American Airlines without mask

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