Ted Cruz’s Flight Cancelled Due to Government Shutdown

Oct 01, 2013

072913_ted_cruz_640A flight carrying Senator Ted Cruz was cancelled this morning due to the ongoing government shutdown.

The freshman Republican was trying to return to Texas to attend a Tea Party convention in EL Paso, but was stopped at the airport by United Airlines personnel who informed him the next direct flight doesn't leave until Thursday afternoon.

A livid Cruz was seen angrily arguing with ticket agents before finally giving up and going home. He later blasted the airline on Twitter for its "reckless scheduling," but United fought back with a statement posted on its website.

"Although air traffic controllers are still on the job, the government shutdown is expected to reduce the number of business travelers into the Washington D.C. area," the statement read. "In response we have cut back on the number of daily flights we operate into the region

"Unfortunately Mr. Cruz ignored the numerous emails and voicemails we sent him reminding him that his flight had been cancelled and showed up at the airport anyway, where he verbally abused our staff and demanded his flight be reinstated.

"Mr. Cruz needs to learn that once a policy has been decided upon, there's no point in arguing about it. Doing so is a childish waste of time and energy. We stand by our scheduling policies and the actions of our employees."

Cruz Controlled

The U.S. Government entered its first government shutdown in 17 years today as Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate proved unable to agree on a compromise spending bill.

The Republicans, led by Cruz, have refused to countenance funding the government unless President Obama repeals his signature health care reform. The Democrats, unsurprisingly, have resisted that request.

Although essential services like air traffic control and payments to active duty military members will continue, millions of federal workers will be furloughed or go without pay. The resulting economic effects are expected to reach into the billions and disrupt the lives of many, including members of Congress.

"That guy was an asshole," says Elaine Dickinson, a United ticket agent who attempted to help Cruz book a new flight. "He kept screaming about how unfair the cancellation was and how he was very very mad at us. At one point he started jumping up and down and stomping his feet like a child.

"The strangest thing though was his diatribe about how airlines should think about how the decisions they make impact regular people ... I found that kind of ironic coming from him."

Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Senator Cruz says that United's decision to cancel the El Paso flight was "politically motivated" and designed to embarrass a "national hero."

  • feeder6

    “national asshole”

  • cplyem

    Ahh HahahahahahahahahahahAHHhaahahhahhahaahahahahaah!!!!!!!! Then he gets belligerent? What a douche.

  • Billy

    What is he doing going to a convention when he should be working? Ceratinly not a “hero”.. more of a Zero.

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  • John Kumjian

    Ted Cruz is a national embarrassment!

  • Brett

    This isn’t on United’s site anywhere, and I can’t find this anywhere on the web but this site. I really, really want to believe this story, can anyone link to anywhere that backs up this article?

  • Mack

    Satirical news site people. Joke. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Currant

  • texasaggie

    Sometimes you can’t tell satire from reality. This is truly something that Cruz might have done and be so irony deficient that he wouldn’t recognize why people laugh at him.

  • liberalssuck

    This is a classic example of why we look at liberals as low info. This is a direct competitor to the Onion.

  • Robert

    This story is BS, and most the Sheep on the left fell for it. LOL.

  • Jim

    If this were true, there should be cell video of the tantrum. Where is it? Nothing would make me happier than to discredit Cruz with a story like this, but without evidence, this may as well be a fairy tail.
    A quick search finds no corroboration of this story elsewhere. Please produce some evidence and prove me wrong.

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  • Sue Tait

    Of Course it’s a joke… I said “KARMA” because it’s funny.

  • Gar

    Anyone believing this story is truely uninformed. The Daily currant is a ficional publication, just like the Onion, grow up, get a life.

  • Gar

    the story is fictional, i.e. not real…

  • Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid

    Ya can if it’s written properly. That’s why this website, despite its masthead proclaiming satire – is neither satirical or funny. It’s damn near libelous.

  • Captain Jack Sparrow

    This is what people in the rest of the world call “satire” (noun): a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. : humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc.

    The key point is that The Daily Currant intends it to be satire, and assumes (perhaps incorrectly, given the comments above) that most of its readers will pick up on it. Fox News intends and assumes the complete opposite for its equally fictitious output, and is rarely disappointed.

  • tcflyer63

    Gee Ted, do you think the world is just waiting for you??….perhaps you should have called the airport to find out if the planes were flying…you know because of the restrictions that you voted for as a member of the Senate..and then to beat up on the ticket person..a way too much like a 5 year old child…you screwed up….your fault….and it once again shows the public you are NOT THE PERFECT PERSON YOU THINK YOU ARE…HAVE A NICE DAY

  • D Umbo

    No its not. beter to cancle the flite wen its on the ground and not after the plain took off. if theyd canseled it after it took off wood he stil be in the air becaues with out the ground guys to land the plain it coudnt land. itz a no braner

  • feeder6

    Why not to cancel Mr Cruz entirely,bury him on a unmaked grave–nobody miss him–

  • Nevin Cohen

    Why doesn’t the Daily Current hold Republican extremists responsible for the shutdown? This sentence suggests that both sides simply cannot agree: “The U.S. Government entered its first government shutdown in 17 years today as Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate proved unable to agree on a compromise spending bill.”

  • Trish Saunders

    So well written, it had me believing until I was nearly thru with the story…i until I got to the point about Ted being a “national hero.” Even one of his paid lackeys couldn’t dream that up. Then I knew it HAD to be satire.

  • steben

    The irony is palpable. What an asshole.