Last week I wrote that airline rules don’t seem to apply to the rich and powerful after Mike McCaul, the fifth wealthiest member of Congress who is in a tight reelection race, flew Washington Dulles to Austin without a mask over his face.
He was on board United flight 6027 operated by Mesa Airlines. In one of his explanations he claimed it fell off when he was asleep and naturally put it back on once he woke up – even though a witness reported the mask was off even prior to departure. (The first video that surfaced appears to show him sleeping without a mask.)
I asked United to comment on the Congressman’s lack of mask wearing, including whether McCaul was still allowed to fly the airline during the pandemic, They offered a generic statement and suggested I speak to Mesa.
There’s now new video from the flight. Here he is mask dangling while he reads off his phone – definitely not asleep.
New video shows Republican Michael McCaul lied to reporters and took off his mask on the plane. He claimed it fell off while he was asleep. pic.twitter.com/KwnCI3KOCG
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 10, 2020
The same rules don’t apply to the rich and powerful that apply to you and me. And remember United is now partially government-owned (thanks to warrants the Treasury took in exchange for a bailout) and has been looking for even more government funds. The last thing they’d want to do is offend a member of the ruling class.