Southwest CEO tests positive for COVID after questioning mask rules at Senate hearing


Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly tested positive for COVID-19 after appearing at a Senate hearing where he questioned the health benefits of masks on airplanes, a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Reuters.

Kelly appeared Wednesday at the Senate Commerce hearing with the CEOs of United Airlines and American Airlines as well as a senior Delta Air Lines executive and the head of a flight attendants union.

The other airlines did not immediately comment on whether their executives had been tested for COVID-19.

Southwest confirmed Kelly’s positive test after Reuters learned of it through other officials. Kelly did not wear a mask for parts of the hearing and questioned the health benefit of masks on airplanes.

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