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Former U.S. Senator Kicked Off Airplane

01/11/2017 at 7:55 | Posted by John Shaffer
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18:  Former U.S. Senator Alphonse D'Amato shows a picture of his new born grandson at the celebration of Ed Koch's 85th Birthday and 20th Anniversary at Brian Cave LLP at the St. Regis Hotel on November 18, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bryan Cave LLP)
Photo Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bryan Cave LLP

Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato of New York was escorted off a plane for making a commotion after a 6½-hour delay.

The incident occurred Monday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A witness told the New York Post that passengers were already cranky when the JetBlue crew asked people who’d paid for extra legroom to switch seats because of weight and balance issues.

The 79-year-old Republican ex-senator was in a regular seat and led a chant, “Make them move.”

Video shows D’Amato saying, “They’re throwing me off the plane because I complained about what they were doing.”

D’Amato’s spokesman says he was sleep-deprived after visiting an ailing friend.

JetBlue says passengers can be removed if there’s a situation that could escalate.

D’Amato represented New York from 1981 to 1999.

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