Frontier Airlines criticized after reportedly telling air marshal to remove flag face mask

Frontier Airlines is facing criticism from a top police officer organization and Republican Rep. Doug Collins,

After they were accused of prohibiting a federal air marshal from boarding a flight in Atlanta due to his face covering,

Which featured an American flag.

The National Association of Police Organizations first flagged the incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Aug. 23,

When the air marshal “was told to remove his American Flag face mask because other passengers would find it offensive.”

The airline has since called the incident a misunderstanding, saying that the airline has a policy banning certain styles of masks,

But not the image of a flag. The federal air marshal (FAM) was wearing a gaiter-style mask.


“The matter was a clear misunderstanding on the part of both parties,” Frontier said in a statement to Fox News Tuesday.

“The gate agent mistakenly believed that the passenger’s gaiter style mask was not acceptable within our mask policy,

And the passenger grossly misinterpreted the reasoning behind her objection to his mask.”

NAPO, last week in a letter to president and CEO of Frontier Barry Biffle,

Said that while attempting to board the plane, air marshal was “stopped by the Gate Agent” 

And “advised that he should wear another mask and was handed a disposable one.”

“The FAM politely put the disposable mask on and then covered that mask with this American Flag mask,” NAPO wrote.

“The Gate Agent then told him to remove the American Flag mask,

Or he would not be allowed to board the plane as it would create issues with the other passengers.”

NAPO went on to claim that “several passengers with Black Lives Matter masks boarded the plane.”

“The fact that a Frontier Airlines Gate Agent told the FAM to remove his mask,

Because the image of an American Flag would inflame tensions with other passengers is indefensible,” NAPO wrote,

Adding that it was “insulting that an American Flag face mask would be deemed so controversial.”

“Wearing an American Flag face mask is not a political statement; it is proudly showing support for our country,” NAPO added.

“The Gate Agent made it political, particularly given the other masks that were allowed without issue on the plane.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who is running for U.S. Senate, also weighed in, penning a similar letter to Biffle.

Collins acknowledged that Frontier has “looked into this matter and determined the gate agent in this case misunderstood” the mask policy,

But said that “logic simply does not follow when coupled with the Air Marshal’s personal experience.”

“Assuming your mask policy does not prohibit passengers from wearing two masks,

It is clear that your gate agent did not simply misinterpret the policy,” Collins wrote.

Collins claimed that the gate agent…..



Pelosi used shuttered San Francisco hair salon for blow-out, owner calls it ‘slap in the face’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a San Francisco hair salon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out,

Despite local ordinances keeping salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News had learned.

In security footage obtained by Fox News, and timestamped Monday at 3:08 p.m. Pacific Time,

The California powerhouse is seen walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.

The stylist doing her hair can be seen following her wearing a black face mask.

Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified they could reopen on Sept. 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.

‘I am sharing this because of what everyone in my industry and my city … is going through right now.’

— Salon owner Erica Kious

Salon owner Erica Kious, in a phone interview with Fox News on Tuesday, shared details of Pelosi’s visit.

Kious explained she has independent stylists working for her who rent chairs in her salon.

“One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night,” Kious said.

A screengrab of the text message she received from one of her stylists, and obtained by Fox News, said: “I’ll be there at 2:45 tomorrow.

Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair.”

Kious replied: “Pelosi?”

“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?”

Kious told Fox News, while noting that she “can’t control” what her stylists do if they rent chairs from her, as “they’re not paying” at this time.

Kious cast Pelosi’s visit as a double standard.

“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,”

Kious told Fox News, adding that she “can’t believe” the speaker didn’t have a mask on. (From the footage, it appears Pelosi had some kind of covering around her neck.)

“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?” Kious said. “It is just disturbing.”

Asked for comment, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill maintained that the speaker was following the rules.

“The speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements,” he said.

But the owner pushed back……..






Heroin’s Hidden Ingredient Is a Chemical Made by U.S. Companies

A $324 jug of acetic anhydride, made in Mexico by a publicly traded American company, is enough to produce 90,000 hits of high-grade “China white.” The cartels are getting as much as they want, and also using it to cook meth.

Making their way down a narrow country road in the Mexican state of Sinaloa one morning in May 2019,

Members of a counter-narcotics squad were struck by a strong chemical smell.

They pulled over, and a small reconnaissance team climbed out of their vehicles, then stalked down a trail.

Behind a thicket of trees, tucked in a clearing, they found an open-air drug factory—not a huge surprise in Sinaloa,

The capital of the global narcotics empire built by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Five cauldrons for cooking heroin stood exposed to the sky, flaked with rust.

In the camp’s makeshift living quarters, bags of tortilla chips and a cooler of unopened Pepsis suggested the cooks had left in haste.

The soldiers discovered the source of the smell: acetic anhydride, a clear liquid that reeks like vinegar.

Except for the sap drained from opium flowers, it’s the only thing truly required to make heroin,

And it doesn’t take much of the stuff to do the job. Soldiers found some inside four 18-liter jugs that,

When full, could have produced 80 pounds of high-quality “China white,” with a street value in the U.S. of at least $3.6 million.

Acetic anhydride has legal uses in laboratories and factories—the most common use is in the production of cigarette filters.

But under international drug laws it’s one of the most strictly controlled “precursor and essential chemicals” for the production of illegal narcotics.

For 30 years the U.S. government has aggressively pushed almost every nation in the world to sign on to global treaties,

And pass domestic laws to keep potential drugmaking chemicals away from narcotics syndicates.

Acetic anhydride was placed in the highest category of control in 2001.

Yet the acetic anhydride seized that morning in Sinaloa was bottled, branded,

And sold in Mexico by a $12.3 billion publicly traded U.S. company, Avantor Inc.


Police photos from a May 2019 bust of an open-air drug lab in Sinaloa state.

During the decade-long U.S. heroin epidemic, Avantor has cultivated a remarkable line of business:

Selling acetic anhydride across Mexico in containers that are big enough to make lucrative quantities of illegal narcotics,

But small enough to load into the trunk of a car.

Sales come via a network of distributors, online sellers, and stores spread across the country.

Without the right chemicals, it’s impossible for cartels to make two drugs that are plaguing America:

Heroin and methamphetamine.

Avantor is one of a handful of U.S. companies that supply the legal market for those chemicals in Mexico,

A market the cartels have had little trouble tapping to make narcotics on a massive scale, A Bloomberg Businessweek investigation has found.

Mexico is the source of the vast majority of the heroin and meth sold in the U.S.,

where more than 142,000 people died from overdoses involving the two drugs from 2010 through 2018.

Easy access to drugmaking chemicals for narcos in Mexico appears to be facilitated, in part, by……




Two strangers-with the same first name,

and a scary story about ketamine in policing

Elijah McKnight admits he was drunk.

The 25-year-old says he’d had a fifth of Jim Beam with a buddy before passing out on his way home on a sidewalk just outside Aurora, Colorado.

That is where sheriff’s deputies found him.

They nudged him awake and the conversation was calm for the first several minutes.

Deputies told him they were just checking to see if he was all right.

But the encounter ended with McKnight on life support after being injected with a high dose of a drug called ketamine.

“I was out cold for three days on life support,” he said. “My family didn’t know where I was.”

When McKnight finally woke up in an Aurora hospital, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing on the news.

His eyes widened when he saw a story about another young black man named Elijah.

Elijah McClain was in a coma and near death after a police encounter that also involved a ketamine injection

The same drug McKnight had been given before everything went dark.

The two incidents happened just 10 miles apart and within days of each other, but involved different law enforcement and EMT agencies.

Elijah McKnight stands in front of a mural to Elijah McClain. Both encountered law officers and were injected with ketamine.

“I’m thankful to be alive,” McKnight said.

But he is convinced the use of ketamine in police calls is being abused when there is no medical need for it.

“They are being lazy. I guess they didn’t want to deal with a drunk asshole,” he said.

McKnight is not alone in questioning whether police are influencing paramedics to use the powerful tranquilizer that requires hospitalization for nonmedical reasons.

CNN has found ongoing investigations in multiple states regarding emergency responders’ use of the fast-acting drug to tranquilize people against their will.

In some places, such as Colorado and Minneapolis, the use of the drug by paramedics rose sharply in recent years.

Outrage over its use has motivated a city council member in Aurora, Colorado,

To propose a temporary ban on the administration of the drug by first responders.

In Minneapolis, the police department decided to create a new policy for its officers in 2018.

Elijah McClain died days after his encounter with police.

McClain’s fatal encounter

Four days after McKnight was taken to hospital, McClain, 23, was walking home from the store at 10:30 pm on August 24, 2019.

A resident called Aurora police, saying McClain seemed suspicious because he was moving his hands around and wearing a ski mask in the summer.

McClain’s family says he had a blood condition that would make him feel cold.

As police approached, the violin player and masseur was listening to music through headphones.

When an officer touched him, he appears startled.

“Please respect the boundaries that I am speaking,” McClain says on body camera video.

Everything happens so fast. There is a struggle when officers decide to arrest him.

The slight, 140-pound McClain is cuffed and on his stomach. He says he can’t breathe. Two officers are on him.

He is put in a chokehold at least once.

He vomits. At one point, an officer says, “Whatever he’s on, he has incredible strength … yeah, crazy strength.”

It turns out he was not “on” any illegal drugs. According to the autopsy, none were found in his system.

Paramedics are on the scene by now; they administer 500 milligrams of ketamine, nearly twice the recommended dose.

“I’ve been in practice 30 years and…….