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

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2011, file photo, a JetBlue logo is displayed on the side of a jet as it taxis at Boston's Logan International Airport. JetBlue Airways is taking applications for 24 slots in a new program to train novice pilots to fly a passenger jet. The airline said Monday, March 7, 2016, that the program, which is the first of its kind at a large U.S. airline, will cost about $125,000 and take four years to complete. The pilots' union at JetBlue opposes the plan, saying JetBlue should instead hire pilots with experience at regional airlines who currently get passed over. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

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.

JetBue said Sunday the cake and other items were stowed in a bin reserved for safety and emergency equipment and the family refused multiple requests to remove them.

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

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