United Airlines has begun investigating who leaked Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s flight data for his retrurn journey from Cancun, Mexico to Texas earlier this week.Cruz confronted widespread criticism for touring to the Mexican seaside spot whereas hundreds of thousands of his constituents in his house state went with out energy, water or warmth amid extreme winter storms. A number of Texans have additionally died from weather-related causes throughout the storms.Around midday on Thursday, Edward Russell, lead airways reporter on the journey business publication Skift, mentioned on Twitter {that a} supply at United Airlines advised him that “Senator Ted Cruz rebooked his flight again to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at round 6 a.m. in the present day (Thursday).””[Cruz] was initially scheduled to return on Saturday,” Russell added.Spoke to a supply at United Airlines, Senator Ted Cruz rebooked his flight again to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at round 6 a.m. in the present day (Thursday). He was initially scheduled to return on Saturday.https://t.co/QV9xgibIQ9— Edward Russell (@ByERussell) February 18, 2021
United Airlines advised Newsweek on Friday that “It’s towards United’s insurance policies to share private details about our clients and we’re investigating this incident.”Online commenters and politicians had already began criticizing Cruz on Wednesday night time when footage appeared on-line of Cruz and his spouse, Heidi Cruz, on the airport. The footage confirmed Cruz and his spouse in Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport ready to board their flight.Cruz garnered much more criticism on Thursday after the senator tried to elucidate his journey.”With faculty canceled for the week, our women requested to make a journey with pals. Wanting to be a superb dad, I flew down with them,” Cruz mentioned. “My workers and I are in fixed communication with state and native leaders to unravel what occurred in Texas,” he added.When confronted on Thursday by a reporter within the Cancun airport, Cruz mentioned he was returning house to assist restore energy to Texans reduce off by the storms. He later known as the journey “a mistake” and mentioned he determined to come back again after witnessing the controversy his journey had triggered on-line.United Airlines is investigating the leak of Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s flight data which occurred earlier this week. Cruz confronted widespread criticism for flying to Cancun, Mexico as his house state confronted cuts in electrical energy and water amid extreme winter storms.
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The Texas Democratic Party known as Cruz’s actions “disturbing and disappointing” and advised him to resign. Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar and Cruz’s former political rival Beto O’Rourke additionally criticized him.”[Cruz] is vacationing in Cancun proper now when persons are actually freezing to dying within the state that he was elected to signify and serve,” O’Rourke advised MSNBC.After returning to his Houston house, Cruz was met by offended protesters chanting for his resignation. Numerous Texas newspapers have criticized Cruz for leaving the state throughout a second of disaster. The progressive political motion committee No Excuses has additionally pledged to run a brand new advert in 147 Texas radio stations slamming Cruz for his journey.

The senator was additionally mocked on Twitter the place customers in contrast him to Central and South American immigrants who attempt to cross the southern U.S. border to expertise higher residing situations. Photos of a billboard and posters mocking his journey have additionally gone viral on social media.Unprecedented snowfall and record-breaking chilly temperatures initially left over 4 million Texas residents with out energy and warmth because the state’s electrical grid skilled a significant failure earlier this week. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a non-profit board that oversees {the electrical} grid, has mentioned it’s uncertain when energy will likely be totally restored.In a Thursday replace, the state’s Republican Governor Greg Abbott mentioned that he had requested a significant catastrophe declaration from the federal authorities. The declaration would permit these harmed by the storms to use for federal funds to compensate any losses not lined by insurance coverage.