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Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-New York, speaks at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Wednesday, April 8, 1998. D'Amato is promoting a bill that he says would give property tax credits to middle income homeowners. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Former Senator Al D'Amato was kicked off a flight for rallying passengers against the crew


Former Sen. Al D'Amato (R-N.Y.) was booted from a flight Monday after he tried to turn passengers against the plane's crew, according to CNN

Passenger Layla Delarmelina told CNN the incident all started when JetBlue flight 1002 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York got delayed. The flight was originally scheduled to depart around 1:42 p.m. EST, but was delayed six hours. 

After everyone boarded the pilot made an announcement, saying that 10 passengers needed to move to the back of the plane because of a weight distribution issue. 

But when six passengers refused to move, Delarmelina told CNN D'Amato got up and began confronting them. 

She said D'Amato then called the passengers idiots, adding "The captain needs to grow some balls." 

And, well that didn't go over well. 

A video shows the former senator trying to rally people while being escorted off of the plane.

"Stand up for what's right and walk out with me," D'Amato said in the video. "If you don't, then what do you stand up for?"

Jacqueline Galante, who shot video of the incident, said D'Amato did not get back on the plane after he was escorted out by Broward County Sheriff's officers. 

"If a customer is causing a conflict on the aircraft, it is standard procedure to ask the customer to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs a risk of escalation in-flight," JetBlue told CNN. 

Former Senator Al D'Amato was kicked off a flight for rallying passengers against the crew

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