Who leaked Ted Cruz's flight plan? United Airlines launches probe as Internet labels informant 'American hero'

A United Airlines source told Edward Russell, Skift's lead airlines reporter, that Ted Cruz rebooked his flight back to Houston from Cancun for February 18 while it was first scheduled for February 20

                            Who leaked Ted Cruz's flight plan? United Airlines launches probe as Internet labels informant 'American hero'
Senator Ted Cruz came under severe fire for taking a trip to Mexico while Texas reeled under bad weather (Getty Images)

United Airlines has launched a probe after Ted Cruz's flight information for his return trip from Cancun, Mexico, to Texas was leaked earlier this week. The 50-year-old received severe backlash for going on a family trip to the Mexican beach spot while the people of Texas went without power, water or heat during a harsh winter storm. The severe weather also claimed many lives.

On Thursday, February 18, Edward Russell, lead airlines reporter at the travel industry publication Skift, tweeted, “Spoke to a source at United Airlines, Senator Ted Cruz rebooked his flight back to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at around 6 am today (Thursday). He was originally scheduled to return on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, United Airlines told Newsweek, “It's against United's policies to share personal information about our customers and we are investigating this incident."


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Cruz faced even more slamming on Thursday, February 18, when he tried to explain why he went on a trip. "With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” the Senator said.


Later, Cruz also labeled his trip a “mistake” and added that he returned early after witnessing the online outrage the tour caused.

Cruz's former political rival Beto O'Rourke told MSNBC, “[Cruz] is vacationing in Cancun right now when people are literally freezing to death in the state that he was elected to represent and serve.” Some people even compared him to Central and South American immigrants who try to cross the southern US border to have better living conditions.

A pedestrian walks by a digital billboard truck with an image of Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) as it sits in a parking lot near Senator Cruz's home on February 19, 2021, in Houston, Texas (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, another report stated that someone known to Cruz’s family allegedly leaked flight information to the New York Times. According to a conversation leaked from Cruz’s wife Heidi’s friends and family group chat, she reportedly wrote: “Anyone can or want to leave for the week?” as she complained her home was “FREEZING.”

“We may go to Cancun,” she said, but when no one replied, Heidi added, “We have gas stove so at least we can heat water little that there is happy to help anyone we can too.”

Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks with reporters on his way to the US Capitol on the third day of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on February 11, 2021, in Washington, DC (Getty Images)

The whole incident created a lot of stir on the Internet as a user tweeted, “The Cruz group chat leaker is an American hero.” Another one said, “Leaking the text messages is pretty savage.” One user stated, “I liked this, but have no idea what it's referencing. I just like the idea of Ted Cruz being owned. Text messages?”

“I firmly believe @SenTedCruz made a very bad and big mistake. Not only did he go to Cancun, but remember he also told the *big lie* to Republican supporters about the election being stolen from Trump which caused the attack on the Capitol. Lies just like Trump,” a user pointed out.

A user added, “I feel like no one is mentioning the best... That no one responded and left her hanging in the group chat (bc you know it's tone deaf and gross) so then she followed up with some weak ass offer to 'help' by loaning out a small stove. SMDH.”










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