Watch: Police ‘Asked to Assist’ After Sen. Cruz Clashes With Montana Airport Staff
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got into a heated confrontation with employees of a Montana airport which grew so heated that law enforcement had to get involved, a new video showed on Sunday.
Cruz was spotted at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport shortly after noon on Sunday, apparently irritated by missing his flight, according to the Reddit user who first shared the short clip.
The user who posted the video claimed Cruz said some form of ‘Do you know who I am?’
A representative for the airport confirmed to DailyMail.com that a ‘frustrated’ Cruz had missed the check-in window for his flight, and that re-booking options were ‘limited out of Bozeman due to Spring Break.’
Cruz managed to rebook and depart later that evening, Bozeman airport deputy director Scott Humphrey said.
It’s not clear what Cruz or the airport employees were saying in the short clip. The Texas Republican had been wearing a mask, in compliance with federal COVID-19 guidelines.
The 23-second video, which appears to be taken from behind the employee desk of the main airport foyer, shows Cruz vigorously nodding his head in visible annoyance. His mouth is covered by a mask that says ‘Come and take it’ in reference to the Second Amendment.
He’s shown to be facing off with two female employees in the first half of the clip. They’re then replaced by a single male law enforcement officer.
Bozeman’s deputy director told DailyMail.com that the officer speaking with Cruz had no idea who he was until after the incident was over.
‘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,’ Humphrey said.
‘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. If you need more information, please contact United Airlines.’
The lawmaker was due back in Washington on Monday for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s multi-day confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Mail.