After multiple failed attempts to land at JFK Airport during terrible weather, passengers on a JetBlue flight clambered to get off the plane at Newark, shouting that they were afraid.
“I’m not going back in the air,” one passenger is heard yelling at officials in the cabin.
Another man is seen pleading to get off the plane, which was expected to arrive at JFK on Thursday after a flight from Cancun, Mexico, according to the airline.
“My kids are panicking,” the man shouts. “We gotta get off this plane. It’s dangerous!
“We tried to land four times already … we’re scared to fly, we wanna get off! I don’t want to go to jail but it’s not right,” he said.
“I don’t care about JFK — it’s our lives! People are sick back there, people are fainting, people are throwing up! A little respect for human beings!” the man continues as other passengers also chime in about wanting to disembark.
Flight 1852 was diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport “due to weather” over JFK, according to JetBlue spokesman Derek Dombrowski.
“Without proper customs processing available for the flight at Newark, the aircraft remained on the ground for 60 minutes and once the weather cleared departed again for JFK where it safely landed,” he said in an email.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this weather-related diversion created,” Dombrowski added.
Passengers were reportedly provided $50 in-flight credits as compensation for the inconvenience.