Ted Cruz flew to Cancun with his family on Wednesday. He says he was just taking accompanying his children down, but the ticket was booked to return Saturday and then changed to fly back Thursday after a rash of criticism for leaving the country while his home state found itself in the midst of a power and water meltdown during a weather event worse than anything in the state in over 30 years.
Though I’m at home in Austin with no power, I won’t focus on whether the state’s junior Senator should have left the country right now. That’s been well hashed out. For this post I’m more interested in the ways that his trip to Cancun can teach us all how to be better travelers.
Sen. Ted Cruz at the Cancún airport:
"Yesterday my daughters asked if they could take a trip with some friends, and Heidi and I agreed, so I flew down with them last night, dropped them off here and now I'm headed back to Texas." pic.twitter.com/5d8UwlmZWv
— The Recount (@therecount) February 18, 2021
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz checks into a flight at Cancun’s airport a day after flying there with family while his state suffers power and water failures from a winter storm. CBS News confirms Cruz originally booked his return flight for Saturday, but it was changed Thursday morning pic.twitter.com/sp9fPiwPDW
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 18, 2021
There are 4 things Ted Cruz knows about travel that most people don’t.
- Last-minute dog sitters are easy to find even during the pandemic. Many people are concerned congregating indoors with people outside their household during the pandemic. But if you leave the dog, and a key, you can have a sitter come over without any close contact. Just have them leave before you get home, and open the windows (as long as you have heat).
This is the poodle Ted Cruz left alone at his Houston home. The poodle’s name is Snowflake.
Not kidding. https://t.co/46BQ2JnpcO
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 18, 2021
- How to get instantaneous Covid-19 test results. Arriving in the U.S. by air requires a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of travel. Senator Cruz did a simple overnight out of the U.S. and traveled back to the States, ergo he must have received a negative Covid-19 test. If Senator Cruz (or his staff) can figure out how to make that work, anyone can get a negative test.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 18, 2021
- How to avoid CDC quarantine when returning to the U.S. The CDC recommends quarantining for 7 days with a negative Covid-19 test 3-5 days after travel. Compliance with this quarantine guidance is included in President Biden’s Executive Order on Covid-19.
Perhaps Cruz, experienced litigation before the Supreme Court, would argue separation of powers exempts him from the President’s order (his arguments weren’t always winning ones). I’m not suggesting we can use that exact argument ourselves. But if we travel internationally and don’t quarantine ourselves when returning to the States, we can just say “I was following Ted Cruz’s example.”
— Matt Dougherty (@MattKHOU) February 18, 2021
- How to get a cheap airport concierge escort. Airlines will sell you personal escorts through the airport but it can be pricey. But you’re a taxpayer, police are public servants, and several of them are ststioned at airports. Just call them up and ask for special assistance, after all they work for you.
Houston Police Chief @ArtAcevedo said his department had been contacted by Senator Ted Cruz’s staff for assistance at the airport Wednesday for his trip to Cancun, CNN has confirmed.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz’s MileagePlus elite upgrades may not clear, but he’s a traveler we can all learn from.
There is one area in which Cruz was an absolute fail as a traveler, though: for someone claiming to be taking just an overnight trip that’s an awful lot of luggage…