Police were called to the United Airlines ticket counter in Bozeman, Montana after Senator Ted Cruz arrived at the airport past check-in cutoff for his flight. Out of Bozeman, at the end of spring break, rebooking options were limited and the Senator – who has experience fleeing the snow on United – reportedly became belligerent.
According to a poster on Reddit who took video of the incident, the Senator declared, “don’t you know who I am?” And he “[a]lso demanded to speak to a manager about a dozen times.”
According to the Deputy Director of Bozeman’s airport,
One of our Public Safety Officers (PSO) was in the ticket lobby and was asked to assist with a frustrated passenger at the United ticket counter (which is not unusual). The passenger had missed the check-in window for his flight and re-booking options were limited out of Bozeman due to Spring Break.
Once travel options were explained to the passenger, he was rebooked and departed Bozeman later that evening. Our PSO didn’t realize he was dealing with Senator Cruz until after the fact.
Cruz frequently contends that airline employees spontaneously hug him when he flies United. The agents working check-in for his United flight might find that surprising.
I promise you strangers are not going over to Ted Cruz to hug him
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 8, 2022