United Airlines will be investigating the leak that revealed information about Sen. Ted Cruz’s flight from Cancun back to Houston after he was criticized for leaving the state while his constituents struggled to survive.
A United Airlines executive told Politico: “It’s against United’s policies to share personal information about our customers and we are investigating this incident.”
The executive added that no options are “off the table.” It depends on the outcome of the investigation and if they are able to identify the employee who disclosed the information.
Tens of thousands of United employees have access to customer flight data, Politico noted. But leaks about individual travelers’ flight plans are rare in the industry.
Cruz was spotted in a Houston airport on Wednesday evening boarding a flight to Cancun, Mexico with his family as millions of Texans were left without electricity and heat during the deadly winter storm.
Cruz later released a statement on Thursday claiming that he was trying to be a good dad to his daughters who wanted to take a trip with their friends since school was cancelled.
Before his statement, travel reporter Edward Russell, tweeted that he “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.”
Photos also began circulating on social media of someone with Cruz’s last name and first initial of his legal first name — Rafael — standing by for a flight from Cancun back to Houston.