JetBlue Kicks Family Off Flight Because Their Birthday Cake Was Declared A ‘Security Risk’
Today’s airline that is in the headlines because they were absolutely heartless and authoritarian is…
Om May 3, a New Jersey family were removed from a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas because of a fucking birthday cake.
The Burke family were excited to go to Las Vegas to celebrate Minta Burke’s 40th birthday. Minta, her husband Cameron, and their two sons brought a buttercream birthday cake from their favorite bakery in New York City on the flight with them. Cameron stored the cake in the overhead bin, but a flight attendant told the Burkes that the cake was a “security risk.” It’s a fucking cake. Chill the fuck out.
“A flight attendant nicely asked me to remove the cake from that compartment, so I moved it to another one,” said Cameron, a speech pathologist from Jersey City. “She then asked me to move it to underneath the seat in front of me, I did.”
The family said a second flight attendant confronted the first attendant about the cake.
“You know, you could see the gestures – then she was pointing to her, did you tell him he couldn’t put anything in the overhead compartment? 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 non-compliant, then I said ‘ma’am, had you been drinking?’ because her behavior was not normal,” Burke told ABC7 News.
Port Authority officers from John F. Kennedy Airport were brought on board the plane to interrogate Cameron. The officer deemed there was “no wrongdoing” on the part of the family. That didn’t stop JetBlue from kicking the family off the plane. They received a refund at the terminal.
JetBlue said in a statement that Cameron was yelling and cursing at the crew.
“(The customer) refused multiple requests from the crew to remove the items, became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crew member’s fitness to fly,” the statement said.
But this video seems to show a very calm and courteous Mr. Burke as one of his sons is crying.
Burke said he never cursed at crew members and at no point was it known why he and his family were getting kicked off the flight.
Burke wasn’t able to get another flight to Las Vegas until the next day, this time he was taking United Airlines out of Newark. Good luck with that.
He intends to file a lawsuit against JetBlue.
“I want the flight attendant fired, she has no business serving the public,” said Burke. “I hope JetBlue will retrain their staff and recreate the culture I once loved.”