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 thousands and thousands of his constituents in his residence state went with out energy, water or warmth amid extreme winter storms. A couple of Texans have additionally died from weather-related causes throughout the storms.

Round midday on Thursday, Edward Russell, lead airways reporter on the journey business publication Skift, stated on Twitter {that a} supply at United Airlines informed him that “Senator Ted Cruz rebooked his flight again to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at round 6 a.m. as we speak (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. as we speak (Thursday). He was initially scheduled to return on Saturday.https://t.co/QV9xgibIQ9

— Edward Russell (@ByERussell) February 18, 2021

United Airlines informed Newsweek on Friday that “It is in opposition to United’s insurance policies to share private details about our prospects and we’re investigating this incident.”

On-line commenters and politicians had already began criticizing Cruz on Wednesday night time when photos appeared on-line of Cruz and his spouse, Heidi Cruz, on the airport. The images 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 college canceled for the week, our women requested to make a journey with pals. Desirous to be a very good dad, I flew down with them,” Cruz stated. “My employees and I are in fixed communication with state and native leaders to resolve what occurred in Texas,” he added.

When confronted on Thursday by a reporter within the Cancun airport, Cruz stated he was returning residence to assist restore energy to Texans minimize off by the storms. He later known as the journey “a mistake” and stated he determined to return 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 residence state confronted cuts in electrical energy and water amid extreme winter storms.
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The Texas Democratic Social gathering known as Cruz’s actions “disturbing and disappointing” and informed him to resign. Democratic Minnesota Consultant Ilhan Omar and Cruz’s former political rival Beto O’Rourke additionally criticized him.

“[Cruz] is vacationing in Cancun proper now when individuals are actually freezing to loss of life within the state that he was elected to characterize and serve,” O’Rourke informed MSNBC.

After returning to his Houston residence, Cruz was met by indignant protesters chanting for his resignation. Quite a few 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. Images 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 Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a non-profit board that oversees {the electrical} grid, has stated it’s uncertain when energy shall be totally restored.

In a Thursday replace, the state’s Republican Governor Greg Abbott stated that he had requested a significant catastrophe declaration from the federal authorities. The declaration would enable these harmed by the storms to use for federal funds to compensate any losses not coated by insurance coverage.

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