JetBlue Makes Everyone Leave Plane, Over Cake

Airline, family have differing stories about a birthday cake brought aboard
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2017 6:15 PM CDT
Updated May 15, 2017 1:03 AM CDT
Family Kicked Off JetBlue Flight Over ... Birthday Cake
The Burke family in a recording from the JetBlue flight.   (Twitter: @CeFaanKim)

Let them eat cake? Maybe not on JetBlue. A New Jersey family en route to Las Vegas was kicked off their JetBlue flight after a dispute with flight attendants over birthday cake. According to the New York Daily News, Cameron and Minta Burke were off to Vegas to celebrate Minta’s 40th birthday with their two children on May 3. They say a birthday cake, part of their carry-on luggage, was placed in an overhead bin until a flight attendant asked them to move it to a different compartment, before finally deciding it belonged under their seats. Now enter a second flight attendant, says Cameron, who began berating the first airline worker, and then him. "She said I was being non-compliant," recalls Burke. "I said, ‘Miss, have you been drinking?’ because her behavior was irrational, and she stormed off."

The Burkes were then asked to leave the flight, and when they refused, police officers from JFK Airport boarded to investigate, which can be seen in a video recorded by the family. One can be heard telling the family that nobody did anything wrong. JetBlue then asked all passengers to leave the plane in order to remove the family. ABC News reports that the airline issued a statement countering Burke’s story, saying the family refused to move the cake, and "became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crew member's fitness to fly." The Burkes, who managed to book a flight via United the next day, plan to file a lawsuit. "We were just so happy," says Minta. "All of a sudden this occurred, and my two children are screaming, crying." (Read more JetBlue stories.)

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