Cameron Burke, his wife Minta, and their two kids were on their way to Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday when they were booted off their JetBlue flight — not from overbooked seating, but due to a dispute over where to put a birthday cake, according to New York Daily News.
The cake, from Tonnie’s Minis bakery in New York City, was originally stored in carry-on luggage placed in an overhead bin; however, Burke says he complied when a flight attendant told him to remove the cake from the compartment and move it under the seat in front of him.
Burke says that another flight attendant appeared and told him he was being “non-compliant.”
“I said, ‘Miss, have you been drinking?’ Because her behavior was irrational and she stormed off,” Burke told New York Daily News.
When he was asked to leave the flight, along with his family, he began recording the incident. Port Authority police officers were called, took down his information, and left.
According to a Doug McGraw, a JetBlue spokesman, Burke and his family were at fault for storing the cake in a compartment reserved for emergency and safety equipment. The airline also says that the family refused to move the cake after several requests.
“The customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crewmember's fitness to fly,” McGraw said. “After the customers refused to speak with a team leader about the situation, the Port Authority Police Department was called and the entire aircraft deplaned.”
Burke and his family were able to book another flight to Las Vegas through United Airlines on May 4.