United Airlines launches probe to ID whistleblower who revealed Ted Cruz flight info: report
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Politico reports United Airlines has launched an investigation to find the identity of their employee who leaked the information on when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) planned to return to Texas from his controversial Cancun vacation.

"Cruz at first insisted on Thursday that his trip to Cancun, Mexico, in the middle of a power and water crisis in Texas, was at the behest of his daughters and skirted the issue of when he originally planned to return," Politico explained. "But earlier that day, Edward Russell, a reporter at travel news website Skift, tweeted that he had talked to a source at United who said Cruz had 'rebooked his flight back to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at around 6 a.m. today (Thursday). He was originally scheduled to return on Saturday.'"

Politico published a statement from an executive at the airline that it billed as an exclusive.

"It's against United's policies to share personal information about our customers and we are investigating this incident," the executive said, adding that the leaker could be fired.