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Former senator is thrown off flight, telling other passengers to walk out with him

Al D'Amato was removed from a flight after complaining

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A former senator from New York was kicked off a plane after complaining about the captain - and then tried to convince passengers to get off too.

The JetBlue flight, travelling from Fort Lauderdale to New York, was supposed to leave at 1:40pm, however a series of delays meant the departure time changed to 8pm, CNN said.

One passenger told CNN that the crew had asked passengers to move in order to help balance the plane, however some refused to move.

Al D'Amato is said to have become irritated by this and that the crew were not forcing people to move, The Hill reported.

He then reportedly said "the captain needs to grow some balls," leading staff to escort him from the plane.

As he left the plane, D'Amato said: “I’m making an appeal to all you people: Stand up to what’s right and walk out with me.

“If you don’t, then what do you stand up for?”

As shown in a video posted online, passengers then booed, asking: “I thought we had freedom of speech?”

JetBlue spokesman Morgan Johnston told CNN: “If a customer is causing a conflict on the aircraft, it is standard procedure to ask the customer to deplane."

However, a member of D’Amato’s consulting firm said that JetBlue apologized for “overreacting” by kicking him off the plane.

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@AlDAmatoNY Former State Senator of New York was kicked off JetBlue flight just for speaking out... #FreedomOfSpeech #FirstAmendment

— Layla D (@laylafd31) January 10, 2017