Videos shared to social media showed an unidentified middle-aged white man yelling, making accusations, and using obscene language as passengers and crew prepared for a JetBlue flight from Kingston, Jamaica, to New York’s JFK Airport last week, and now banned from the airline.
At the start of the first video, the man, who is wearing a Burger King crown, yells at crew members, telling them to call the police because another passenger kneed him in the stomach before the Oct. 20 flight.
Next, the man appears to be confused about his seat assignment. “Where is 25A?” he asks, before adding, “why did she just knee me in the stomach?”
“Because you deserve it,” another passenger is heard saying.
As other passengers continue to engage in verbal exchanges, the man stands up and yells: “Excuse me I’m part West African, I can say n- —r anytime I want!”
“Take that n- —r b—h off the plane!” he says in a second video, before grinning.
“You need to stop, there are children,” a flight attendant says.
“N- —r!” the man shouts, cutting her off.
“Hey, that’s not necessary,” someone says.
The man grows increasingly irritated while continuing to claim that a woman kneed him in the stomach. He dumps water on a flight attendant before saying he wants “a f—–g lawsuit.”
In the third video, another male passenger runs toward the man standing in the aisle of the plane and punches him in the head. As crew members struggle to maintain order, the unruly man can be heard shouting, “Bye-bye, n- —r! Bye-bye!”
The man was held back by flight crew and escorted off the plane in handcuffs by Jamaican police as passengers cheered.
A spokesperson for JetBlue confirmed the man has been banned from flying with the airline, saying: “We have zero tolerance for racism or harassment, and after reviewing this customer’s abhorrent racist behavior, we have determined he is no longer welcome to fly JetBlue.”