Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got into a heated confrontation with employees of a Montana airport after he grew frustrated when he missed check-in for his flight and discovered that options to re-schedule were limited due to Spring Break crowds. The exchange later prompted law enforcement to step in.

The high noon kerfuffle was captured on video, which would later circulate on Reddit and other social media channels. The user who posted the content also claimed the public official said some form of “Do you know who I am?” to staff, the Daily Mail reported.

“So @TedCruz was so out-of-control abusive to airline staff at the airport in Bozeman, Montana, that law enforcement had to get involved,” sports commentator Keith Olbermann bashed Cruz on Twitter for being “abusive” to airport staff.

In the 23-second clip, which appears to be taken from behind the employee desk at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the Texas Republican was nodding his head in visible annoyance. He was in a face mask decorated with the words, “Come and take it,” a reference to the Second Amendment.

According to Bozeman airport deputy director Scott Humphrey, a Public Safety Officer (PSO) eventually had to deal with the situation.

“One of our PSO was in the ticket lobby and was asked to assist a frustrated passenger at the United ticket counter,” he explained per the Daily Beast. “Our PSO didn’t realize he was dealing with Senator Cruz until after the fact.”

The lawmaker successfully rebooked and departed Bozeman later that evening, Humphrey confirmed. He was due back in Washington on Monday for the Senate Judiciary Committee's multi-day confirmation hearings for federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee.

The Bozeman airport incident comes more than a year after Cruz made headlines by flying to Cancun, Mexico, with his wife Heidi as millions of residents faced Texas' deadly power crisis amid historic low winter temperatures, according to Yahoo! News.

The severe backlash prompted Cruz to release a statement over the incident, claiming he flew to Mexico to be a “good dad” to his daughters and that he intended to return the next day.

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