JetBlue kicks a family off a flight because of a #birthday #cake. However, according to a spokesperson from Jetblue, the Burke family stored the cake in an overhead compartment reserved for emergency equipment.
“The customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew and made false accusations about a crew member’s fitness to fly,” stated JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw.
Cameron Burke who was flying with his two children, Cameron Jr., 7, and Camille, 9, and his wife, Minta, to celebrate her 40th birthday in Las Vegas, sees things a little differently. Burke stated no one in his family raised their voices and they were never told why they had to leave the plane. As Burke described to ABC 7, it appears the situation escalated when the flight crew couldn’t agree on what to do with the cake.
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“You could see the gestures — then she was pointing to her, did you tell him he couldn’t put anything in the overhead compartment?” Burke explained. “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.”
Even after airport police were called in and decided no wrongdoing had occurred, the JetBlue crew ordered all passengers to exit the plane.