Facebook video shows Al D'Amato urging passengers to leave plane

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Another video from a Twitter user shows D'Amato announcing he's being thrown off the flight because he "complained about what they're doing" - drawing boos from his fellow passengers.

"Al D'Amato was just kicked off my flight", the passenger texted to a Post reporter mid-flight.

A woman can then be heard telling people to "stand up" while a flight attendant makes an announcement requesting everyone to remain in their seats with their seat belts fastened. Witnesses said he caused a commotion after a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to New York City was delayed more than six hours. The captain then asked for more people to move. "Stand up for what's right and walk off with me", he declared.

D'Amato was one of many outraged passengers aboard Flight 1002 that had experienced a almost seven-hour delay. A small one. One against other airplane passengers.

An ex-senator from NY has been kicked off a flight after complaining about his seat.

A spokesman for D'Amato told the Post that he apologized for the incident, and that JetBlue had already apologized to him for "overreacting".

According to D'Amato, that's when he said to the captain, "You said you were going to do something, why don't you do it?"

He didn't leave, and the Broward County Sheriff's Office was called in to escort him from the flight.

"Stand up for what's right and walk out with me", he said, standing in the aisle.

"They shame-walked him to the front of the plane", Galante told the newspaper.

"We can still speak in this country", D'Amato said in the video.

No further action was taken against the ex-senator.

"Thank you for your opinion", the captain said.

The senator, who was not available for comment, released a statement through his consulting firm Park Strategies acknowledging the meltdown saying "JetBlue 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".

"Anyone who knows Senator D'Amato knows he speaks his mind - but in this case he spoke after a long and demanding trip to Florida to visit an ailing friend", the spokesman said.