A New Jersey man has threatened to sue after JetBlue employees kicked him and his family off a flight over a cake.
Jetblue said Sunday they stowed their cake and other items in a bin reserved for safety and emergency equipment and refused multiple requests to remove them.
Cameron Burke tells the Daily News they were flying out of Kennedy Airport May 3 when he was asked to remove the cake, which he did. The father told ABC 7 that he moved the dessert from an overhead bin to under the seat in front of him when asked, but that two flight attendants still had an issue. He complied with the flight attendant's request, and placed the cake under his seat. He said he asked the flight attendant if she had been drinking in response to what he considered erratic behavior.
When Cameron tried to defuse to the situation, he said a female flight attended told him he was being non-compliant.
'I had approached them, and I said everything was fine, and she said, 'sir, this does not involve you.
The Burkes' son turns to the officer and apologises: "Sorry". They were fully refunded, he said, and the remaining customers made to go through the boarding process again.
A U.S. family has been left dumbfounded after being kicked off a flight for attempting to bring a birthday cake onboard.
The airline had all passengers deplane in order to get the family off, where they were told they could not get on the flight and given a refund.
JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw told The Post that "the video circulating does not depict the entire incident and only starts after the objectionable behaviour occurred and law enforcement were called".
After discussing the incident with the airline staff, the officer then returns to the family to break the bad news.
"She has no business serving the public", he told the newspaper.
The video footage taken from the flight does not show Mr. Cameron Burke had reportedly purchased both the cake and the trip as a surprise to his wife Minta for her birthday, and the plan was to meet up with family at their destination.
Airline staff then had everyone on the full plane exit so the Burkes could be removed.
JetBlue said in a statement that "the customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crewmember's fitness to fly". Also in late April, a Delta Air Lines passenger said he was kicked off a plane for using the restroom; a few days later, a video emerged showing a Delta pilot hitting a passenger on the jetway in Atlanta. Instead of getting to travel to Vegas, they were confronted by police.