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Montana airport calls police over Ted Cruz after missing check-in window

Montana airport staff called in a security guard to attend to Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz after he missed his flight and was reportedly frustrated with employees.

Mr Cruz missed his flight out of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport on Sunday, according to the Reddit user who shared the clip.

The Independent contacted Mr. Cruz and the airport administration for comment.

The Reddit user who posted a short video of the interaction said that Mr. Cruz was “accosting airline employees … after missing his flight” and that “law enforcement should be called when he was not calming down”.

Although it’s hard to hear what Mr. Cruz is saying in the video, the Reddit user who posted the video confirmed that Mr. Cruz said something like “you don’t know who I am? “.

Mr. Cruz also “demanded to speak to a manager a dozen times. Just as much of a [piece of s**t] in real life as you imagine,” the Reddit user said.

“One of our Public Safety Officers (PSOs) was in the ticket hall and was asked to help a frustrated passenger at the United counter (not unusual). The passenger had missed the check-in window for their flight and rebooking options were limited out of Bozeman due to spring break,” Bozeman Airport Assistant Manager Scott Humphrey told DailyMail.com .

“Once travel options were explained to the passenger, he was re-booked and departed Bozeman later that evening. Our PSO only realized they were dealing with Senator Cruz after the fact,” Mr. Humphrey added.

Mr Cruz was quickly ridiculed for the incident, with many comparing it to his trip to Cancun, Mexico, when the Texans faced power outages and freezing temperatures in February last year.

“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” Ms Cruz said in a statement at the time. “Wanting to be a good dad, I went down with them last night and I’m coming back this afternoon.”

“Ted Cruz is freaking out at an airport in Montana, probably because he’s not at the bigger, warmer airport in Cancun,” Grant Stern tweeted on Monday.

“So Ted Cruz was apparently so out of control and abusive to airline personnel at the Bozeman, MT airport that law enforcement had to get involved. It must have snowed,” wrote broadcaster Keith Olbermann.

While it’s unclear why Mr. Cruz was at Bozeman, Raw Story noted that there are frequent Republican fundraisers at the Yellowstone Club and Big Sky.

Mr. Cruz was due to return to Washington, DC for the start of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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