Pas­sen­ger re­moved from flight af­ter con­flict with Ivanka Trump

Pas­sen­ger was ‘clearly ag­i­tated’ but did not ‘scream or yell’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW YORK:

A JetBlue air­line pas­sen­ger, who media out­lets and a wit­ness de­scribed as mak­ing an­gry re­marks at the sight of Ivanka Trump on his flight, was re­moved from the plane on Thurs­day by the air­line. JetBlue Air­ways Corp con­firmed in a state­ment that a pas­sen­ger had been re­moved from a flight set to depart from New York’s John F Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port, bound for San Fran­cisco, but pro­vided no other in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent.

An­other pas­sen­ger on the flight, Marc Sch­eff, said that, when the man saw US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s daugh­ter Ivanka, he “did a dou­ble take and said ‘Oh my God. This is a night­mare!’”

JetBlue said in a state­ment: “The de­ci­sion to re­move a cus­tomer from a flight is not taken lightly. In this in­stance, our team worked to re-ac­com­mo­date the party on the next avail­able flight.” Reuters was not able to iden­tify the pas­sen­ger who was re­moved. Matthew Las­ner, a Twit­ter user cited by TMZ, said his hus­band was go­ing to con­front Ivanka Trump and her hus­band, Jared Kush­ner, at the air­port.

“Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, fly­ing com­mer­cial,” Matthew Las­ner (@mat­t­las­ner) wrote in a tweet, which has since been deleted. “My hus­band chas­ing them down to ha­rass them. #ba­nal­i­ty­ofevil.”

Las­ner, a pro­fes­sor at New York’s Hunter Col­lege, did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment di­rected to his Twit­ter ac­count, which has since been taken off­line, or to mes­sages left at his of­fice or sent to his Face­book ac­count. “To do that to a woman who was on there with her chil­dren, I don’t care what your po­lit­i­cal back­ground is or what your thoughts are, that’s not the way we as Amer­i­cans need to act,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on Fox News.

Sch­eff, 40, who told Reuters he was sit­ting in the row in front of Ivanka Trump on the flight, said the pas­sen­ger who was later re­moved from the flight “started shak­ing.” He said that af­ter JetBlue staff ap­proached the man to “make sure he was calm,” the pas­sen­ger said: “They ruin our coun­try, now try (to) ruin our flight!” Sch­eff said the pas­sen­ger was “clearly ag­i­tated” but did not “scream or yell.” Ivanka Trump was en route to Hawaii for a va­ca­tion with her fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to ABC News. Don­ald Trump and his fam­ily are spend­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days at his re­sort in Palm Beach, Florida. —Reuters

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