Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato of New York was escorted off a plane for making a commotion after a 6-hour delay. The incident occurred Monday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A witness said that passengers were already cranky when the JetBlue crew asked people who'd paid for extra legroom to switch seats because of weight and balance issues. The 79-year-old Republican ex-senator was in a regular seat and led a chant, "Make them move."
Video shows D'Amato saying, "They're throwing me off the plane because I complained about what they were doing."
D'Amato's spokesman says he was sleep-deprived after visiting an ailing friend.
JetBlue says passengers can be removed if there's a situation that could escalate but later issued an appology to the former senator for "overreacting".
D'Amato represented New York from 1981 to 1999.
With the Associated Press