Ivanka Trump left her gold-gilded loft in Trump Tower to fly with mere mortals on a commercial flight this morning. A decision she surely regrets.
After delays due to Trump’s security detail, one disgruntled passenger let Trump know she wasn’t welcome.
The angry passenger was visibly distraught by the President-elect daughter’s presence. According to TMZ, the passenger asked aloud, “Why is she on our flight? She should be riding private. Your father is ruining the country.”
Another passenger on the flight reported that Ivanka “ignored the guy and tried distracting her kids with crayons.”
As JetBlue staff escorted the passenger off the flight, he reportedly protested, and screamed “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?”
The “angry” passenger was traveling with his husband and young son. In a Tweet, his husband claimed he expressed his displeasure about traveling with Trump and her husband, “in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane.”
A man who identified himself as a passenger sitting in the row in front of Ivanka Trump took to Facebook to give his version of the incident:
Here is what happened. He didn’t accost her directly. When he got on and saw her, sitting behind me, he said “oh my god. This is a nightmare” and was visibly shaking. He said “they ruin the country now they ruin our flight!” (Context: Boarding and therefore the flight was delayed because they needed to get on first through some other way.) He did not yell. He was also not what I would describe as calm. Agitated maybe. His husband behind him was very calm. His son is adorable and sharply dressed. When the JetBlue staff went back to speak to the man I overheard Ivanka say to them “I don’t want to make this a thing.” My assessment is that she was happy to let the man take his seat. Security made a different call. And for good reason. The man’s calm husband had tweeted earlier that his husband was “chasing them down to harass them.” I did not witness his actual removal some rows back. If he screamed, I didn’t hear it.
“Honestly, if I was her security I would have made the same call,” he added. “I don’t *think* the man was capable of violence, sure. But I would worry that he would leave his seat or cause a scene in some way.”
In a statement released later in the day, JetBlue confirmed the crew removed the passenger and placed him and his family on the next available flight.
“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly,” a JetBlue spokesman said in a statement. “If the crew determines that a customer is causing conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during flight. In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”