Ivanka Trump, along with her children and husband Jared Kushner, was aboard a JetBlue flight leaving JFK airport Thursday morning when an angry passenger began verbally assaulting her. The man, with his child in his arms, began screaming: “Your father is ruining the country. Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private.”
When JetBlue officials began escorting the aggressive passenger off the plane, he then started shouting at them: “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?!” JetBlue has since released a formal statement regarding the incident:
“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. 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. Our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”
The husband of the angry passenger, Matt Lasner, tweeted about how his spouse was planning on chasing down Ivanka to harass her: “Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
New details are now coming out as to the identity and intent of the belligerent passenger. He has been identified as Dan Goldstein, a lawyer from Brooklyn. He was traveling with his husband, Matthew Lasner.
Screenshots were captured this morning (before Lasner deleted his entire Twitter account) of three tweets he published during the episode.
The Daily Mail reported that Lasner’s tweets were deleted in less than an hour after he posted them, and an hour later he deleted his entire Twitter account.
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