Texas Senator Ted Cruz made headlines this week for his trip to Cancun amid a major crisis in his state. United Airlines is currently investigating who may have revealed some details regarding their trip.
The basics of Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun
Last Wednesday, Ted Cruz flew with his family on United Airlines from Houston to Cancun. While trying to fly under the radar (no pun intended) it made national headlines until Thursday when people learned what was happening.
Cruz started throwing his kids under the bus the way to do, claiming he was just trying to be a good father and that he just dropped his kids off and would be flying back on Thursday:
“Since school was canceled for this week, our girls asked us to go on a trip with friends. I wanted to be a good father and flew with them last night and fly back this afternoon. My employees are in constant communication with state and local executives to get to the bottom of what is happening in Texas. “
However, text messages revealed a different story. Heidi Cruz (Ted Cruz’s wife) texted friends in Houston saying their house was “freezing cold” and invited others to join them at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun (where they have lived “many times”) , and stated that the room was $ 309 per night.
It was then that people started looking at the upgrade list for United’s Cancun to Houston flight and discovered that Cruz barely missed the upgrade.
Here is the upgrade list for today’s flight from Cancun to Houston.
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– Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 18, 2021
Again, Cruz claimed he was about to drop his children off, but then it turned out that Cruz had actually changed his flight. A source at United clearly accessed his reservation and reported that he changed his return flight from Saturday to Thursday around 6 a.m. on Thursday.
Cruz finally admitted it and said, “It’s been a tough week.”
United Airlines is now investing data leak
Most of the information about Cruz’s trip to Mexico was published by “legitimate” means – there were pictures of him at the airport, his name on the public upgrade list, and so on. However, there is one detail that could get someone into trouble.
In particular, someone had leaked that Cruz had changed his flight from returning on Sunday to returning on Thursday. Politico reports that United Airlines is currently investigating this and that the person who caused the leak could be terminated:
“It is against United’s policy to share personal information about our customers and we are investigating this incident.”
The airline says nothing is off the table, and the outcome depends on whether they can find out for sure who disclosed that information.
Many employees have access to United’s reservation system and can easily see the records of flight changes made. However, I understand that SHARES (United’s Reservation System) does not log who is viewing a record.
As such, SHARES is unlikely to be able to tell you who leaked this information. I bet some employees looked into this (just out of curiosity) so they probably won’t run into any problems with it.
The flight attendants union is calling on United to drop them
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants (often referred to as the most powerful flight attendant in America), urges United to stop this investigation, saying they are “the whole leak.” She said Ted Cruz was “not a customer” but “an officer who lied too often”.
Perspective: Whoever the “leak” is, she / he / she has over 10k @united Coworkers and families in TX freezing as their U.S. Senator skips town and then tries to lie about it. @tedcruz is not a “customer”, he is an officer who has lied too often. We are all leaks. https://t.co/NDs6935xim
– Sara Nelson (@FlyingWithSara) February 20, 2021
Ted Cruz’s trip to Mexico has sparked much controversy. Aside from the trip itself, he first threw his children under the bus and then lied about them. That lie was exposed when an airline employee revealed that he had actually changed his itinerary to return on Thursday instead of Saturday.
United Airlines is now investigating the incident and is threatening to fire the employee behind it. I’m curious to see if this works out – I doubt United will be able to find out everyone who watched the tape, let alone who the information actually leaked.