A buttercream-frosted birthday cake was the reason why a family of four was kicked off of a Jet Blue flight before it took off from JFK airport in New York to Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to reports, Cameron Burke, his wife and two children were celebrating his wife’s 40th birthday, but the cake they brought onto the plane turned the celebration sour when the family received conflicting instructions from flight crew about where to store it. “A flight attendant nicely asked me to remove the cake from that compartment, so I moved it to another one,” Burke told reporters.
The airline claims otherwise, saying that the cake was a “security risk” when it was stored improperly in an overhead bin used for safety equipment and that the family refused to move it.
“The flight attendant asked me to move it to underneath the seat in front of me, and I did,” said Burke, noting that another flight attendant came over and seemed agitated. “I asked her if she had been drinking?”, said Burke. An argument about the cake between the family and the flight crew caused the need for Port Authority police to be called in.
When the cops arrived, Burke pulled out his cellphone and began taping. The police can be seen and heard trying to comfort the Burke’s 7 and 9-year-old children, who were crying. He tells the family that they didn’t do anything wrong, but they’re going to have to exit the plane and be rebooked.
All passengers on the full flight had to exit the plane before the Burke family could be removed. Their tickets and reward points were refunded, and their luggage went on to Las Vegas without them.
According to JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw, “The customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crew member’s fitness to fly. After the customers refused to speak with a team leader about the situation, the Port Authority Police Department was called and the entire aircraft deplaned.”
Burke booked a United Airlines flight out of Newark for Las Vegas the following day and has since contacted the National Action Network, intending to file a lawsuit against JetBlue.
“I want the flight attendant fired, she has no business serving the public,” said Cameron
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