A New Jersey household was kicked off a JetBlue flight after a crew member deemed their birthday cake a safety threat, based on a number of stories.
Minta and Cameron Burke had been aboard a flight from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City to Las Vegas with their two younger youngsters, Camille and Cameron Jr., on May three when a flight attendant requested them to maneuver their cake from the overhead bin. After Cameron moved the cake underneath his seat, a second crew member confronted the primary flight attendant.
“You could see the gestures — then she was pointing to her, ‘Did you tell him he couldn’t put anything in the overhead compartment?'” Cameron recalled to ABC 7. “I had approached them, and I said everything was fine, and she said, ‘Sir, this does not involve you.’ When she told me I had been noncompliant, then I said, ‘Ma’am, had you been drinking?’ because her behavior was not normal.”
Airline police had been introduced on board as Cameron started recording the incident on his cellphone. “We were just so happy. Couldn’t wait to get to Las Vegas, and all of a sudden this occurred, and my two children are screaming, crying,” Minta informed the outlet. “They’re confused, not knowing what’s going on. They were traumatized.”
The airline then ordered all passengers to get off the airplane as a way to take away the household of 4, whose tickets had been refunded on the terminal. “It’s just crazy. I’m surprised. I’m surprised. I thought highly of JetBlue before,” Minta mentioned.
In a press release to ABC 7, JetBlue mentioned, “[The customer] refused multiple requests from the crew to remove items … became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crew member’s fitness to fly.”
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