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This Guy Got Banned From Flying JetBlue For Posting "Mean Girls" Jokes About Them

UPDATE: JetBlue told BuzzFeed News that Matthew Lush was banned from flying due to the fact he incited his Twitter followers to tweet threatening messages at a crew member.

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Lush started cracking jokes on Twitter about a JetBlue customer service representative named Regina.

Don't fly @JetBlue! Their customer service is horrible! Especially Regina 87346. She is ruining my Thanksgiving vacation <img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/1f494.png"><img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/1f62d.png">

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

Don't fly @JetBlue! Their customer service is horrible! Especially Regina 87346. She is ruining my Thanksgiving vacation

2:34 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He and his followers started comparing her to Regina George from Mean Girls.

@Nickalaws @MatthewLush I heard she once made out with a hotdog #ByeRegina87346

Steph@ElloStephFollow

@Nickalaws @MatthewLush I heard she once made out with a hotdog #ByeRegina87346

4:31 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Evil takes human form in Regina87346 #ByeRegina87346 @MatthewLush

Grace Rose @Grace_CastigliaFollow

Evil takes human form in Regina87346 #ByeRegina87346 @MatthewLush

4:44 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Raise your hand if you've been personally victimized by Regina 87346 #byeregina87346 @MatthewLush

Lush Laws@LushLaws_LoveFollow

Raise your hand if you've been personally victimized by Regina 87346 #byeregina87346 @MatthewLush

4:46 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Wednesdays they wear blue. Don't fly @JetBlue ! ✈️ #ByeRegina87346

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

On Wednesdays they wear blue. Don't fly @JetBlue ! #ByeRegina87346

4:52 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

When people try to tell me how much they like Regina 87346 #byeregina87346 @MatthewLush

Halei@um_haleiFollow

When people try to tell me how much they like Regina 87346 #byeregina87346 @MatthewLush

5:00 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He tweeted Mean Girls photos and Photoshops.

Can I get you guys anything? Some snacks? A condom? Let me know! #ByeRegina87346

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

Can I get you guys anything? Some snacks? A condom? Let me know! #ByeRegina87346

5:10 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@MatthewLush @JetBlue #ByeRegina87346

Then a few days later when Lush arrived for his flight, he alerted his followers on Twitter that JetBlue was removing him from the terminal.

Holy fuck @JetBlue is kicking me out of their terminals!!! Saying I'm a security threat!!!! WHAT THE FUCK

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

Holy fuck @JetBlue is kicking me out of their terminals!!! Saying I'm a security threat!!!! WHAT THE FUCK

5:45 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Are you kidding me? I now have to find a new flight last minute because @JetBlue is banning me from their flights cause Im a security threat

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

Are you kidding me? I now have to find a new flight last minute because @JetBlue is banning me from their flights cause Im a security threat

5:49 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lush said that a JetBlue representative told him at the gate that his tweets led the company to believe he was a physical threat.

Could you imagine showing up for your flight and having employees escort you out because you're a "safety threat"?!? Wow @JetBlue 😡😡😡😡😡

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

Could you imagine showing up for your flight and having employees escort you out because you're a "safety threat"?!? Wow @JetBlue

6:34 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I've been seriously mistreated by @JetBlue, is this how they treat their customers? Or only their LGBTQA+ customers?

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

I've been seriously mistreated by @JetBlue, is this how they treat their customers? Or only their LGBTQA+ customers?

6:57 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"They say I'm a security threat and that I'm not allowed to fly with them ever again," Lush said in a YouTube video about the whole ordeal. "I have never in a million years thought this day would come."

I've been seriously mistreated by @JetBlue, is this how they treat their customers? Or only their LGBTQA+ customers?

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

I've been seriously mistreated by @JetBlue, is this how they treat their customers? Or only their LGBTQA+ customers?

6:57 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

If anyone needs me, I'll be crying in a corner.

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

If anyone needs me, I'll be crying in a corner.

7:09 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lush ended up taking a Virgin America flight instead.

Thank you @VirginAmerica for saving me tonight. ✈️🌴☀️

Matthew Lush@MatthewLushFollow

Thank you @VirginAmerica for saving me tonight.

3:53 AM - 30 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You can listen to Lush's whole video about the incident here.

View this video on YouTube

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The hashtag #BoycottJetBlue has been trending amongst Lush's fans, many furious that the YouTube star was banned from the airline.

The only way @MatthewLush can be a security threat is when you compare how insecure JetBlue is about their customer service #BoycottJetBlue

Vinny Vaillancourt@vtothepowerof2Follow

The only way @MatthewLush can be a security threat is when you compare how insecure JetBlue is about their customer service #BoycottJetBlue

5:11 AM - 02 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Why is @JetBlue ignoring the fact that what they did was wrong? They need to start answering, they abused their power #BoycottJetBlue

BECOMING ME❤️@GradybaleFollow

Why is @JetBlue ignoring the fact that what they did was wrong? They need to start answering, they abused their power #BoycottJetBlue

12:01 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Never flying with @JetBlue again. Censoring and banning people doesn't fly with me #BoycottJetBlue

Camilo Echeverri@c_echeverriFollow

Never flying with @JetBlue again. Censoring and banning people doesn't fly with me #BoycottJetBlue

1:12 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A JetBlue spokesperson released a statement saying that removing Lush was a careful and informed decision:

The decision to remove any customer from a flight is made after careful and informed decision by local airport officials and flight crew. It's based on an individual's actions and our assessment whether further actions during the flight would lead to further disruption or non-compliance with crew member instructions which could lead to diversion and delays for all customers.

A JetBlue spokesperson in a statement to BuzzFeed News clarified that Lush was not banned for life, but from that specific flight. Lush was not allowed to board the flight due to the fact that he identified the customer service representative by name and then incited his followers to tweet threatening things at her.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ryan Broderick at ryan@buzzfeed.com.

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