Former New York Sen. Alfonse D’Amato was escorted off a JetBlue flight in Florida this week after encouraging passengers to protest an hours-long delay, according to his representative and a witness on the plane, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Mr. D’Amato, a Republican, was shown rallying other passengers while he was guided off the plane by law enforcement officials, in a video captured by a fellow passenger, Layla Delarmelina. “They’re throwing me off the plane because I complained about what they were doing,” he said in the video. “I’m making an appeal to all you people. Stand up for what’s right and walk out with me. That’s the only thing they’ll know.”
JetBlue flight 1002 was scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale to John F. Kennedy International airport at 1:42 but was delayed until 8:09 pm, according a spokesman for JetBlue. Ms. Delarmelina said that the “senator got up and confronted the people in the front and asked them to go to the back,” she said. “No one was moving so he flipped out on them.”