Was JetBlue Justified If Kicking Off This Family Because The Brought A Birthday Cake On Board

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in News & Politics


Cameron Burke, his wife, and two children were on a JetBlue flight from JFK to Las Vegas earlier this month (May 3) to celebrate his wife's 40th birthday. They also brought a buttercream cake with them.

That's where things fall apart. Flight attendants on board kept asking them to stow the cake in the rack above their heads, then at their feet -- it was all a mess. Finally, armed Port Authority officers settled everything and told the family to leave the airplane. The Burkes were refunded their money and they carried on to Vegas on United Airlines, without the cake. A lawsuit is pending.

There are 19 comments:
Male 3,414
Oh, those crazy colored folk.
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Male 2,445
trimble Wasn't 5Cats saying just the other day that no one on IAB ever makes sweeping, disparaging remarks about African Americans based on a single video? 5Cats: Please see comment above. Thanks.
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Male 3,414
squrlz4ever I’m not him and it was a facetious joke. If you knew me you would know that I wouldn't make sweeping, disparaging remarks about African Americans or anyone else based on a single video.

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Male 520
Someone brought a cake onto the plane...
But the flight crew just can't take it,
And the family isn't going to make it,
And they'll never fly on JetBlue again!
Oh nooooooooooo!
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Male 2,764
profworm 
JetBlue's ratings are melting on the 'net, all that sweet blue icing melting down, I don't think that they can take it 'cause it took so long to bake it, and now they're going to sue-e-e-e oh noooooooooo!
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Male 1,291
Last time I flew you could not bring any food from out side the concourse so I don't understand why they had a cake at all.
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Male 156
These are getting old. It is easy to feel for the people but in the cases I've seen recently the airlines were in the right, threw up in my mouth a little typing that. The airlines handled some of them ham handed but they did follow the rules. This is another such case, read the terms you agree to when you buy your ticket and this won't happen. Neither would the lady with the stroller or the doctor drug off the plane.
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Male 2,764
If it made it through  the TSA nazis, it would not be a security risk as a bomb or weapon. Let's be real, it was not a risk of any sort.
Having said that, how stupid and self involved must one be to bring a bday cake onto a commercial flight?
Hope the airline does not settle, would love to see any civil suit denied.
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Male 916
captkangaroo Agreed. Why in the hell did they feel the need to fly with a cake? Are cakes really that much more expensive in Vegas?
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Male 2,445
whosaidwhat Imo guess they were thinking the "Birthday Party on the Plane to Vegas" would have made for some awesome social media pics.

Let the record show that I detest social media. Sank chew.
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Male 5,179
squrlz4ever I thought that is why you squrlz stole I phones
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Male 2,445
thezigrat I steals the iPhones because it impresses the lady squirrels. They're all about the bling.
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Male 5,179
squrlz4ever Or take selfies
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Male 916
squrlz4ever That, we can certainly agree on! Hazelnut? <offers hazelnuts to Squrlz>
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Male 2,445
whosaidwhat Cheers and sank chew! ~noms hazelnut~ I recently came across a description of social media that I think is apt. The author referred to it in passing as "hey-look-my-life-is-cooler-than-yours social media." That pretty much nails it.

(The description, by the way, comes from the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Hanson. Just started it; it's pretty good so far.)
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Male 2,445
As broizfam has noted, this is hard to weigh in on without seeing what was going on before the video starts. But I'll say this: Officer Chang did a great job in trying to de-escalate the situation as much as he could. Definitely one of the good guys.
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Male 38,498
They were kicked off for bad behavior. They wouldn't move the cake, yelled at crew. Eventually they moved it but too little too late.  For the news is "We were totally friendly and compliant"
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Male 5,822
We can't, of course, see the entire event so it's hard to really be sure but it sure looks and sounds, from the linked article, like this was a case of airline bullshit. It really seems that the customers are no longer important to the airlines, only their money. Yes, that's what business is about - making money - but, still, you have to treat the customer like more than an open wallet. Where possible, people should start taking trains, buses, and cars. Maybe that'd get the airlines to remember how to serve the public.
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