Though the holiday season is supposed to be full of joy, President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was reportedly verbally harassed by another passenger on a JetBlue flight out of JFK.
While sitting in coach with her family on Thursday morning, a passenger told Ivanka, "Your father is ruining the country.” The DailyMail.com reports that the passenger was a Brooklyn lawyer named Dan Goldstein.
According to TMZ, Ivanka tried to ignore the passenger, who also reportedly screamed, “Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private.”
During the unpleasant confrontation, she used crayons to distract her kids.
Before the disruptive passenger was escorted off the plane, he said, "You're kicking me off for expressing my opinion?!!”
Another passenger also shared a firsthand account of what went down between Trump and Goldstein, writing on Instagram, "he didn't accost her directly."
Unusually non art post but this is too surreal My son and I made the news today. That's us in the photo. I am sitting in the next row up from Ivanka and surrounded by her extended family, lots of Kushners. A man got ejected and the news is making it sound like the guy was hulking Out. The whole incident happened literally 15 inches from me. The article is sensationalizing this a little. 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. My politics aside... Honestly, if I was her security I would have made the same call. 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. And his husband had tweeted that he planned on doing that. So, again you know my politics, but I would have made the same call here.
JetBlue has released a statement on the incident, saying, "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."
An hour before takeoff, the passenger’s husband tweeted, "Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them.” The tweet has been deleted. He later tweeted and deleted, "My husband expressed his displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off."
The incident took place just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Ivanka was on her way to Palm Beach.
TMZ was the first to report the news.