Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato was kicked off a JetBlue plane after trying to rally passengers against the airline, NY Daily News reports.
D’Amato was upset with the aservice, so he revolted. His removal from the plane was captured on social media:
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D’Amato was upset by delays and the airlines’ request that some customers change seats. He was followed off the flight by two other passengers.
During his rant, D’Amato said, “We can still speak in this country!” and “And I want to tell you this, I’m making an appeal to all you people — stand up for what’s right and walk out with me!”
“Jet Blue has apologized to the Senator for over reacting and the Senator apologized for speaking his mind at a time when he clearly had left his patience at the gate,” a statement from the company said.
D’Amato, who served in the Senate from 1981 until 1999, was defeated by Sen. Charles Schumer, who remains there today.
He was nicknamed “Senator Pothole” during his time in office because of his passion for small-scale issues pertinent to his constituents.