Ted Cruz Wasn't Recognized by Cop Asked to Deal With Him at Montana Airport

A security officer who was called to deal with a "frustrated" Sen. Ted Cruz after he missed his flight out of a Montana airport didn't recognize him, officials said.

A short video of Cruz at the airport was uploaded onto Reddit on Sunday.

The user who posted the clip said Cruz was "accosting airline employees" after missing his flight out of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. "Law enforcement had to be called when he wouldn't calm down," the user said.

Scott Humphrey, the airport's deputy director, told Newsweek that a public safety officer (PSO) who was in the airport's ticket lobby on Sunday morning was asked to "assist with a frustrated passenger at the United ticket counter."

"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 added.

"Once travel options were explained to the passenger, he was rebooked and departed Bozeman later that evening. Our PSO did not realize he was dealing with Senator Cruz until after the fact."

It's not clear what Cruz is saying in the video, which showed him first speaking to two airline employees and then to the security officer. Cruz was wearing a grey face mask, in compliance with COVID rules.

The Reddit user said they were "pretty sure" the Texas senator said something like "don't you know who I am?"

Cruz "also demanded to speak to a manager about a dozen times," the user said. "Every bit as much of a POS in real life as you'd imagine."

Cruz's office and United Airlines have been contacted for comment.

Cruz was ridiculed on social media over Sunday's incident, with some invoking his travel to Cancun, Mexico, while Texans were suffering through a deadly winter storm last year.

"So @TedCruz was apparently so out-of-control abusive to airline staff at the airport in Bozeman, Montana, that law enforcement had to get involved," commentator Keith Olbermann wrote on Twitter. "It must've been snowing."

Journalist and author Grant Stern wrote: "Ted Cruz is flipping out in a Montana airport, probably because he's not in Cancun's more spacious, warm airport."

Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, added: "Ted Cruz getting aggro with airline counter folks is so very on-brand."

It wasn't clear why Cruz was in Bozeman, but Republican fundraisers are frequently held at the Yellowstone Club and Big Sky, according to Raw Story.

Cruz was back in Washington, D.C., on Monday for the first day of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearings.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivers remarks during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 21, 2022, in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images