Former New York Senator Al D’Amato (“Senator Pothole”) was onboard JetBlue flight 1002 yesterday from Fort Lauderdale to New York JFK which was delayed more than 6 hours.
Reportedly passengers who paid for ‘Even More Room’ seats were bumped from those due to weight and balance issues on the Airbus A321. “That’s when..[D’Amato] took to the aisles” to pressure passengers to leave their extra legroom seats (he was in back, so inciting class warfare).
D’Amato, who was sitting toward the back of the plane — in a seat with sparse legroom — began chanting “make them move,” which a smattering of fellow passengers took up, and marched up and down the aisle.
The outburst prompted the crew to ask D’Amato to leave. When he didn’t, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was called in.
The 79 year old former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee was supposedly seen ‘downing’ wine prior to the flight. The former Republican Senator is now a lobbyist.
Perhaps somewhat ironically (or not) he served on the Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism in the aftermath of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
A longer video of the incident was posted to Twitter by a fellow passenger as well.
(HT: Greg L.)