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Photograph: Courtesy JetBlue

See photos of yesterday's controversial JetBlue flyover of NYC

The reactions were decidedly mixed.

By
Howard Halle
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As if to confirm the cliché that New Yorkers love nothing better to do than to complain, JetBlue's flyby of the five boroughs has created a backlash, which, to say the least, has been negative. No less a figure than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to put JetBlue on blast with this message about the event:

Harsh.

Other reactions noted that the flyover evoked the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001 (an analogy that certainly wasn't helped by the fact that JetBlue decided on a low-altitude flight path that took their planes south over the Hudson River): 

And then there were reactions like this:

Yikes!

Following in the same vein as last week's aerial spectacular by the Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the JetBlue flyby was meant to pay tribute to NYC's doctors, nurses and first responders, and was scheduled to coincide with the nightly 7pm "clap for essential workers." Three of the airline’s Airbus A320s were involved: Two were respectively painted in the colors of the FDNY (red) and NYPD (blue) with a third wrapped in the I heart NY logo.

This isn't the first time that a civic salute to frontline workers received blow-back: When the Empire State Building lit its crown like a red siren, people freaked the fuck out. Well, that's New York for you: It's always something.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to get JetBlue's side of the story, check out their stirring video of the event below.

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