Sen. Lora Reinbold, banned from Alaska Airlines last week because of her lack of adherence to face-mask policies, drove for the Canadian border on Saturday afternoon, and shot on through to Haines, Alaska in time to catch the 4 pm ferry to Juneau on Sunday. She is expected to show up for work at the Capitol on Monday.
After she and her husband boarded the LeConte, Reinbold posted a notice on Facebook, saying she would go to any length to fight the Executive Branch and try to stop House Bill 76, the disaster declaration bill expected on the Senate floor on Monday morning.
Reinbold had left Juneau on Thursday in a dramatic exit that had several employees of the Juneau International Airport and Alaska Airlines involved in trying to get her to wear her face mask properly.
After she arrived in Anchorage, the airlines sent her a letter telling her she could not fly on their jets. Employees that are customer-facing for Alaska Airlines received notices that Reinbold is on the no-fly list for Alaska Airlines.
Airlines employees have had other run-ins with Reinbold in the past, but this time her fight with the federal mask policy left her with three choices — stay home in Eagle River, charter a private jet to Juneau, or hit the road for the 14-hour drive to Haines in time for the Sunday ferry.
In November, Reinbold issued an apology for venting her frustration with airline employees, and she baked a cake with an “I’m sorry” message frosted onto it.