Passengers refused to wear a mask on an Alaska Airlines flight. That got them banned from the airline. But it also burned their names and faces into the memory of a flight attendant who had to deal with them in the air.
The cabin crew member stalked their social media, and discovered that the people who wouldn’t wear a mask on their flight were willing to wear one for selfies at the January 6th Capitol Hill insurrection. Digging further it appeared from photos on Instagram that one of them was involved in taking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.
The Alaska Airlines employee tipped off the FBI. They executed a search warrant. In materials filed with the court they detail why they believe the mask resister the flight attendant confronted, an Alaska resident banned by Alaska Airlines, was the culprit of the Capitol laptop theft.
There are many lessons here, beyond the obvious one not to commit federal crimes against powerful people like the Speaker of the House. If you’re going to commit crimes, don’t attract extra attention to yourself, like unnecessarily making a scene on an aircraft. And if you’re going to commit crimes, and draw attention to yourself, don’t post incriminating photos on Instagram.
Why would a woman who refused to wear a mask on an airplane make the conscious decision to wear one at a Trump rally and take a mask selfie? That doesn’t make sense.
— Aaron Bergh (@realAaronBergh) May 6, 2021