A former U.S. Senator escorted off a plane by sheriff's deputies Monday night in Florida.

FOX's Jane Metzler has more on the fracas in Fort Lauderdale:

The JetBlue flight was supposed to take off at 1:42 in the afternoon from Fort Lauderdale.

Six delays bumped the actual departure to 8 o'clock that night. After passengers finally boarded, the pilot said he needed 10 people who paid for extra leg room to move to the back of the plane because of weight distribution concerns.

After six refused, fellow passengers say former New York Senator Al D'Amato, got up and confronted them, then told the captain to "just pick people". Leading a chant of "make them move." That didn't fly and neither did D'Amato. He was escorted off the plane by Broward County sheriff's deputies:

(D'Amato) "We can still speak in this country!"

Passenger Jacqueline Galante capturing the 79-year-old doing what he's always been known for, speaking his mind.

Jane Metzler, FOX News.

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A spokesman says D'Amato was sleep- deprived after visiting a sick friend. Jet Blue insists passengers can be removed from a flight if there's a situation that could escale in the air.