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Airlines escorts man off flight after he angrily accosts Ivanka Trump

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:45 IST

A passenger was kicked off a US flight after he allegedly became aggressive and refused to sit next to US President-elect Donald Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, who was onboard the flight with her husband and kids.

JetBlue Airlines forced the man off a morning flight yesterday at John F Kennedy airport after he allegedly told Ivanka, "You ruined our country. Now you're ruining our flight," says CNN.

Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their kids were travelling to Hawaii for a vacation.

The man, who has been identified as Daniel Goldstein was travelling with his husband, Matthew Lasner, a professor from New York, and their kid. Before deleting his Twitter account altogether, Lasner had tweeted: "Ivanka and Jared at JFK TF, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil".

While onboard, Goldstein allegedly expressed his displeasure by shouting: "Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private."

However Lasner refuted this claim, tweeting: "..my husband expressed displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane".

Marc Scheff, who was seated in front of Trump on the plane, confirmed the incident in an interview to CNN.

Scheff described the man (Goldstein) as "shaking" and "visibly agitated."

Asked about Trump's response to the incident, Scheff said Ivanka told a JetBlue staff member, "I don't want to make this a thing."

JetBlue said in a statement to CNN that 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. In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight."

A Trump Organisation spokesman told CNN, "The story speaks for itself. It's an incredibly unfortunate situation.

As the airline escorted the errant couple off the flight after Daniel accosted Ivanka, the latter reportedly yelled, "Your father is ruining the country".


With inputs from PTI

First published: 23 December 2016, 11:45 IST