Cancun Ted wants security escort and private screening for politicians at airports, claiming they face ‘serious threats’ while boarding flights with general public

Ted Cruz wants politicians to have a private security clearance and be escorted through US airports to combat ‘serious security threats facing public officials’.

The Texas Republican, who made headlines for leaving for Cancun in February 2021 during the worst snowstorm to hit his state in decades, is proposing an amendment to the law that would keep politicians separate from the public in airports.

The political VIPs will receive a dedicated security escort at airports, along with expedited screening outside the public.

Cruz was spotted by a fellow vacationer driving through the Houston airport as his state grappled with a state of emergency, with power out for millions and people freezing in sub-freezing temperatures.

Cruz’s new bill would make it much less likely that such a picture of a politician’s secret travel plans would resurface.

The Texas Republican made headlines for leaving for Cancun in February 2021 during the worst snowstorm to hit his state in decades

The Texas Republican made headlines for leaving for Cancun in February 2021 during the worst snowstorm to hit his state in decades

Cruz was spotted vacationing at the Ritz Carlton Cancun Resort at a cost of around $300 per night

Cruz was spotted vacationing at the Ritz Carlton Cancun Resort at a cost of around $300 per night

Federal judges, cabinet members and their families and staff will also be welcomed into the private lane.

There are ‘serious security threats facing public officials’ Cruz told Politico.

‘It is important that we take reasonable measures to keep everyone safe.’

Cruz is trying to attach the amendment to a major aviation policy bill, S. 1939, which is expected to be marked up in the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday.

The proposal would divert police from “crime suppression and security functions at airports, which are our fundamental duty,” Kevin Murphy, executive director of the Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network, told Politico.

That would be “a burden on airport police agencies,” Murphy added, suggesting escorts for VIPs should instead be the job of federal law enforcement.

Cruz sparked criticism for his Mexico vacation in February 2021 after he, his wife Heidi and their daughters Caroline and Cathryn were seen boarding a United Airlines flight out of Houston as millions of Texans went without heat or water for a fourth straight day struggled.

Pictures of him appeared online and the flight’s manifest also revealed he was on standby for an upgrade to business class.

Ted Cruz wants politicians to have a private security clearance and be escorted through US airports to combat 'serious security threats facing public officials'.

Ted Cruz wants politicians to have a private security clearance and be escorted through US airports to combat ‘serious security threats facing public officials’.

The political VIPs will receive a dedicated security escort at airports, along with expedited screening outside the public

The political VIPs will receive a dedicated security escort at airports, along with expedited screening outside the public

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz speaks to the media at Cancun International Airport before boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico, February 18, 2021.  Wearing a Texas mask, he spoke briefly to Telemundo, a local station, amid uproar over his planned vacation during the worst energy crisis Texas has ever seen

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz speaks to the media at Cancun International Airport before boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico, February 18, 2021. Wearing a Texas mask, he spoke briefly to Telemundo, a local station, amid uproar over his planned vacation during the worst energy crisis Texas has ever seen

He landed on a Wednesday night and went straight to The Ritz Carlton — where rooms can be up to $400 a night — without making any kind of public comment about the trip.

But when outrage erupted the next day, the senator changed his return flight – which had been scheduled for Saturday – to Thursday.

He then arrived at the airport in Cancun and tried to defend the whole exercise, claiming that he was only dropping off his children because he is a ‘good father’ but was returning home to help solving the energy crisis.

In a statement, he said: ‘This has been a furious week for Texans. Like millions of Texans, our family also lost heat and power. With school canceled for the week, we asked the girls to take a trip with friends. Because I wanted to be a good father, I flew with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.’

He also claimed that the girls asked him ‘yesterday’ if they could leave, and he and Heidi ‘agreed’. Within hours they were all on the plane.

Temperatures fell as low as -2F in Texas this week and snow and ice blanketed much of the state. In contrast, it was 85 F and sunny in Cancun all week.

Cruz was criticized for both the trip and for seeming to blame it on his children once people started criticizing him for it.