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UPDATE: Lawyer removed from JetBlue flight

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2013 | 7:05 PM

Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online

Law enforcement officers were a short while ago called on a JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale to remove a Kingston attorney.

Attorney-at-Law Anthony Levy was alleged to have disobeyed the instructions of the flight attendant.

It all started when a member of the ground staff told Levy to close his overhead bin since there was no space to accommodate his hand luggage.

Levy, seemingly angered by a random search before boarding the plane, insisted that he would be fitting his bag in the bin.

"It's half an hour you had me out there (searching me)," he said.

Levy then flung his bag in the overhead bin, took his seat, then dropped his tray table and proceeded to fill out his US Border Control customs declaration form.

But with the flight scheduled to take off in minutes, the purser told Levy that he had to stow away the tray table as the plane was about to taxi.

"When I'm finished," Levy replied. "I'll soon be finished."

The purser told Levy the plane would not move unless he stowed his table.

But, Levy who also was yet to fasten his seatbelt, was in no rush.

The pilot then came onto the public address system, asking for cooperation and that the rules be observed.

But Levy was still in no rush.

By the time Levy was eventually finished filling out his US customs declaration form, the pilot had instructed that the doors be disarmed and security called on board.

A young security officer who first came on board, informed Levy that he was being denied flight because he disobeyed the instructions of the flight attendant in preparation for take-off.

"I'm not leaving," Levy said, "You have to call the police."

"It's fifty years I'm practising law, I'll sue you and this airline," he said.

The young security officer then shouted to the pilot: "Call law enforcement!"

A policeman later came on board and asked Levy to accompany him outside.

By then, Levy had fastened his seatbelt.

"Mr Levy, come with me outside," the policeman demanded.

"I can't hear well," Levy responded, prompting the policeman to come closer and speak directly in his ear.

Levy wanted to know why, telling the policeman that he could speak to him right there.

But the cop insisted that Levy get off the plane.

Levy eventually got up and went outside escorted by the policeman.

Airline workers then came to retrieve his bag from the overhead bin allowing the flight to depart.

The incident caused a delay in the flight which was scheduled to leave at 6.30 p.m.

It eventually left at 7.05 p.m.


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