Family says JetBlue kicked them off plane over carry-on cake

NEW YORK (AP) - A New Jersey family says their plans to celebrate a birthday in Nevada were crushed when JetBlue Airways kicked them off the plane for storing a birthday cake in an overhead bin.

Cameron Burke tells the Daily News they were flying out of Kennedy Airport May 3 when he was asked to remove the cake, which he did. He said another attendant berated him, telling them to leave the plane after he questioned whether the attendant had been drinking.

Jetblue said Sunday they stowed their cake and other items in a bin reserved for safety and emergency equipment and refused multiple requests to remove them.

The airline said they cursed and yelled at the crew. Police were called and the captain determined they would not be allowed to fly.

The family managed to book a flight the next day through United Airlines. Burke told the Daily News he intends to file a lawsuit against JetBlue.

"I want the flight attendant fired, she has no business serving the public," said Burke. "I hope JetBlue will retrain their staff and recreate the culture I once loved."