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United Airlines Investigating After ‘Source’ Leaked Ted Cruz’s Flight Info

United Airlines is investigating who from the company leaked Sen. Ted Cruz’s flight information last week after political fallout over his trip to Cancun, Mexico, while millions of Texans were without electricity and water during record subzero temperatures.

As the media-led controversy of Cruz’s vacation unfurled last week, some reporters, after obtaining the information from someone at United Airlines, shared pictures of the senator’s flight number, arrival time, and even the fact that he was on the upgrade list for a new seat on the plane.

“And just like that, Ted (Rafael) Cruz seems to be on his way back to Texas,” editor of Thrifty Traveler Kyle Potter shared on Thursday. “‘CRU, R.’ is on the upgrade list on this afternoon’s flight from Cancun to Houston. He was on the list on yesterday afternoon’s flight down to Cancun, too.”

Another reporter testified on Twitter that he was in contact with a “source at United Airlines” who informed him that Cruz rearranged his travel plans to return to the United States earlier than expected.

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“Spoke to a source at United Airlines, Senator Ted Cruz rebooked his flight back to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at around 6 a.m. today (Thursday). He was originally scheduled to return on Saturday,” Edward Russell of Skift wrote.

While reports of an investigation by United into who shared the information, which goes against the company’s privacy policy and is a fireable offense, grew over the weekend, the airline did not respond to The Federalist’s request for comment or questions about the duration of the investigation or possible penalties for whoever is responsible.

This most recent leak follows an alarming trend in individuals and companies agreeing to surrender personal information, specifically of Republicans, for the sake of making a political statement. Shortly after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Bank of America granted law enforcement access to financial data from more than 200 customers who made debit and credit card purchases in the Washington, D.C., area days before the incident. As of Feb. 6, only one of the people whose data was shared with the feds was actually interviewed.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.



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