How a JetBlue flight experience turned to be a horror story for Minta and Cameron Burke, and their two children.
New Jersey family is traumatized after JetBlue kicked them off a Las Vegas-bound flight over a birthday cake.
Minta and Cameron Burke, and their two children, brought a birthday cake aboard a JetBlue flight as a carry-on item. This cake has become the reason for the regrettable development of events.
According to Cameron Burke, he was asked to remove his wife’s birthday cake from an overhead storage bin. “She then asked me to move it to underneath the seat in front of me, I did,” Burke told the New York Daily News.
Things escalated when a second flight attendant allegedly berated the first flight attendant. Burke said he tried to resolve the issue. Instead, he was accused of being non-compliant. An airport security was called.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 14, 2017
JetBlue is telling a completely different version of the story. “[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 crewmember’s fitness to fly.” Video taken by Mr. Burke appears to tell different story:
People all over the internet are outraged by the story:
Just saw video of the black family being booted from @JetBlue flight over a bday cake. Children were terrified. For what? NEVER FLYING JB.
— Kima Jones (@kima_jones) May 16, 2017
Really, Jetblue? They booted a black family off the plane over a birthday cake. https://t.co/2oOn1uTFVH
— GEEZY. (@GRYKING) May 14, 2017
@JetBlue seriously kicked a family off a flight because of cake? What was dangerous about the cake?
— Mileyna Newt (@SailorPluto_94) May 16, 2017
The families tickets and reward points were refunded but their luggage made it to the birthday bash, where Minta’s mother had to retrieve them. Cameron says he was able to book a United Airlines flight out of Newark for Las Vegas the following day, and intends to file a lawsuit against JetBlue.
‘I want the flight attendant fired, she has no business serving the public,’ said Cameron.