It seems airline employees still do not have a lick of common sense.
We have yet another instance of people being kicked off of a airline flight for a stupid reason. And the reason JetBlue used to kick a family off of a plane was dumber than most.
On May 3, the Burke family was kicked off of a flight from JFK Airport in New York to Las Vegas because they had a birthday cake. The airline called the cake a security risk.
Cameron Burke, his wife and two children were flying to Las Vegas from JFK on May 3 to celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday – and they brought a buttercream cake with them.
But after they say they received conflicting advice about where they could store it a disagreement developed and they were ordered off the flight.
The airline claims the family stored it in areas that were ‘improper’ – an overhead bin for safety equipment – and refused to move it. But the family say they followed all the cabin crew’s instructions.
The Burkes had boarded a Jet Blue flight out of Kennedy Airport and stored their buttercream cake in the overhead bin before taking their seats in the last row.
‘A flight attendant nicely asked me to remove the cake from that compartment, so I moved it to another one,’ Cameron told the New York Daily News.
‘She then asked me to move it to underneath the seat in front of me, I did.’
Then, chaos unfurled.
According to Cameron, another flight attendant appeared and confronted her colleague and then Cameron.
‘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”
When another airline employee asked Cameron and his family to leave, he refused and began recording.
Video, obtained by ABC 7 NY reporter CeFaan Kim, showed Port Authority officers questioning the family as the Burkes tell them the cake is on the floor as flight attendants has requested.
Their seven-year-old son, Cameron Jr, and nine-year-old daughter, Camille, appear scared as the officers question the family.
‘I just want to know why,’ Cameron’s wife, Minta, says out loud. ‘Exactly!’ he replies. ‘For a cake?’
One of the officers then tells an airline employee that he sees ‘no wrongdoing’ on the part of the Burkes.
Airline staff then had all passengers on the full flight exit the plane in order to remove the Burke family.
For its part, JetBlue says this is all the fault of the Burke family for bringing an evil cake on the plane to begin with.
The company says the cake was originally stored in an overhead bin with safety equipment, not meant for passenger carry-on and that the family ‘refused several requests to move the dessert’.
Here is the video.
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) May 14, 2017
The Burkes were finally able to make it to Las Vegas. In an ironic twist, the airline that got them to Vegas was United Airlines, whose controversy over the removal of one of their passengers kickstarted the wave of controversy surrounding treatment of passengers on airlines.
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