Black family kicked off JetBlue flight for bringing birthday cake on plane

Source: Twitter – @CeFaanKim

Another chaotic incident has occurred on an airplane. This time, the cause of the problems started due to a birthday cake.

The incident involved Cameron Burke, his wife (Minta Burke), and their two kids. The family was traveling from JFK to Las Vegas on May 3, according to ABC 7 in New York. They decided to take JetBlue to Las Vegas to celebrate Minta’s birthday.

The family boarded the plane with Minta’s buttercream birthday cake. However, the crew members on the JetBlue flight began to question the family about the placement of their cake on the airplane. After initially storing the cake in an overhead bin, a flight attendant asked the family to move the cake to the floor. The airline would later say that the overhead bin was reserved for safety equipment.

The flight attendants eventually asked the family to leave the flight and stated that their cake created a safety risk. The Burke family refused to leave the plane and the flight crew called police officers.

Once police arrived inside the plane, the officer suggested that the family did not do anything wrong. But JetBlue had the final say as police made all passengers deplane before forcing the Burke family to exit the aircraft.

In a video, the Burkes are clearly upset as one of the kids began to cry once police arrived. The Burke family was booked on another flight and given reward points. However, it was a situation that could’ve easily been avoided. The crew members must judge each situation carefully. There was a way to store a birthday cake without forcing the family to leave the aircraft.

It’s the latest outrageous incident to occur on a plane in the last 90 days. The chaos began on April 11 after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines plane after refusing to give up his seat on a full flight. Another incident occurred on April 29 when a pilot slapped a woman who was fighting at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. And on May 10, a fistfight broke out on a Southwest Airlines flight that landed in Burbank, California.

JetBlue will now be added to that list and will likely have to pay for the privilege. The Burke family plans to sue JetBlue.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

    1. ..who?..A person who bakes a cake from scratch at home because it’s the child’s favorite and knowing that the hotel in Las Vegas doesn’t have a stove for personal useage…that’s who.

          1. 1st I’m surprised a CAKE made it passed security. 2nd It takes 30 mins to make a cake (labor wise). We are talking bout a cake here folks… You throw the cake away and keep it moving. If the Airline personnel couldn’t figure this out one of the Adults in the travel party should have. You don’t draw a line in the sand over a freaking cake.

          2. First of all,a cake is not a security risk. It was x-ray scanned just like anything else you bring onboard. I have travelled with a slab of ribs on my return to DC from STL. It’s a cake people. Why ruin someone’s vacation and birthday celebration over a freaking cake? The flight attendants, both of them,blew this sh** out of proportion.

          3. It’s also Vegas..too expensive of a trip, with too much to do, with too little time,to waste 30 minutes baking a cake.

      1. The cake was for the mother. Why would you make a cake and take in on a cross-country airplane trip to eat it?

        Worse case, the airline should have simply disallowed the cake if they could not figure out how to accommodate it. Kicking the family off of the plane seems pretty silly to me, unless they were causing other problems.

        1. Because it was her birthday celebration and that what she wanted obviously. Don’t you have what you want at your parties and celebrations? These airline employees are out of control just like the cops!

          1. I like buttercream cakes, but I don’t take them on planes – it’s just not worth the trouble.

            I’m saying that taking a cake on an airline seems a little dramatic to me.

      1. I don’t know that they were anticipating problems on the plane. I would think the problems would be with TSA. I’m surprised TSA didn’t confiscate it for the next coffee break.

  1. Apparently the husband in this situation interrupted two flights attendants discussing the matter and asked one of the flight attendants if she had been drinking. It seems like a bunch of silliness on both sides.

    1. So,the flight attendant pulled a power play because he questioned her dumb ass. One FA said put it in a bin, the other said she wanted it on the floor under the seat. They caused the freaking problem because they couldn’t agree. The family did nothing wrong and the cake was not the problem!

      1. Mr. Burke should not have antagonized someone who was already upset, but I would agree that the fault lies primarily with the airline, based on the information that has come out so far about the incident.

  2. JetBlue has claimed that, prior to Mr. Burke filming, he got into an argument with the flight attendants and did not want to remove the cake from the bin with safety equipment. Of course, airlines are quickly loosing credibility.

    My guess is that all parties involved probably acted foolishly in this matter.

  3. Why does the head line read “Black family”? Isn’t it just “Family brings cake on board a plane”? I’ll never understand you ‘Mericans. You do, you don’t. You do, you don’t. Pick one for God’s sake!

      1. Then I imagine with the picture and the typical subscriber that would be a logical leap. Now wouldn’t it? As a member of a family that loves cake. I take objection to the head line.

        1. It is the standard viewpoint of this website that every bad thing that happens to a black person is a direct result of racism. If a family gets kicked off of a plane, no big deal. If the family, or some members thereof, happen to be black, it becomes a major concern and “proof” of racism.

        2. @tonyloberg:disqus I think you’re more offended by the word “Black.” Why does it bother you to see the word? The family is Black, nothing wrong with pointing out a fact

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