Last week, a man claiming to be a retired FBI agent and his wife were caught on film being kicked off a JetBlue plane in Florida after hurling homophobic slurs at JetBlue staff. Later, the couple claims they were kicked off the plane for being supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Video footage circulating online shows the couple arguing with an attendant aboard a flight getting ready to depart from West Palm Beach, Florida as the woman called her fellow passengers the homophobic slur ‘faggots.’
The woman continued:
“You don’t like the words coming out of my mouth… No words, no words, free speech is dead.”
Then, when the attendant tells the couple they’re “definitely coming off,” to which the woman replies, “No, we’re not coming off.”
She continued, trying to get fellow passengers on her side:
“This is ridiculous,’ she says, asking her fellow passengers: ‘Do you guys see what is happening in America. He didn’t like what we said, and now we’re getting kicked off of a plane, and all of y’all are going to have to wait. This is f***ing outrageous. You guys, we’re going to turn into China, it’s coming.”
She then continued once more, calling fellow passengers ‘sheep,’ and making sheep sounds, while her husband remained mostly quiet, slurring his words when he did speak, claiming to be a former FBI agent who knows “his rights.”
Security began to escort her husband off the flight, as she yelled “Gene ‘we’re not getting off.”
At another point in the woman’s rant, she proclaimed her love of Elon Musk, saying “he’s the best,” before screaming his name and saying “he’s the f***ing king, because the masked people in our row are kicking us off the plane.”
The woman then tried to engage another passenger who simply replied “I guarantee I have more money than you, you’re a f****** jerkoff,” which seemed to offend her, as she replied that she “used to dance on Broadway, I’m not getting that f****ing vaccine.”
The crew ultimately called in local police, at which point the woman yells that “We’re getting kicked off the plane because we’re Trump supporters,” which prompted another passenger to say “Don’t do that.”
A second video showed that as they were finally escorted off the flight, their fellow passengers booed at them.
The woman was later identified by The Daily Beast as former Broadway dancer Madeleine Kelly, while her husband is known only as “Gene” in the video.