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.
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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.
Even after Port Authority officers called to the scene deemed ‘no wrongdoing’ on the part of the family, as see in a video obtained by ABC 7 NY, airline staff nonetheless forced them to exit the plane.
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.
‘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.
According to JetBlue, the Burkes are at fault for the disruption.
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’.
‘The customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crew member’s fitness to fly,’ said JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw.
Cameron says he was able to book a United Airlines flight out of Newark for Las Vegas the following day. He has since reached out to the National Action Network, and intends to file a lawsuit against JetBlue.
‘I want the flight attendant fired, she has no business serving the public,’ said Cameron.