Ivanka Trump and family tried to take a commercial flight from NYC to Palm Springs, but unfortunately, other New Yorkers were involved. From the NY Daily News:
JetBlue passenger criticizes Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, gets booted from flight: 'Your father is ruining the country'
A Hunter College professor learned a hard lesson after his husband blasted first daughter Ivanka Trump aboard an airplane at JFK Airport.
Matt Lasner and his spouse Dan Goldstein were bounced from the Thursday morning Jet Blue plane to Hawaii after the pre-takeoff confrontation.
“Oh my God, this is a nightmare,” a witness quoted Goldstein as saying after spying Ivanka. “They ruin the country and now they ruin our flight.”
According to TMZ.com, Goldstein upped the ante by screaming, “Your father is ruining the country. Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private.”
Witness Marc Scheff said Ivanka never lost her cool during the uncomfortable confrontation.
“I overheard Ivanka say to (plane staff) ‘I don’t want to make this a thing,’” Scheff wrote on Facebook. “My assessment is she was happy to let the man take his seat.
“She handled the situation calmly and with class. Security made the call to dismiss the man. And for good reason.”
Hey, a source! Witness Marc Scheff posted his account on Instagram:
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. [Mr. Scheff's son isn't taking a backseat in the "adorable" category either, although sharply dressed ? More 'travelin' cool'.]
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.
Interesting. As are the comments at progressive redoubt Talking Points Memo. Some conspiracy theorists see crafty news management by the Evil Trumpsters (Ivanka in coach - such a woman of the people!) but, for a bit of Holiday cheer, there seems to be a large faction denouncing this as deplorable manners. Dare we say there is a bipartisan consensus against screaming at moms in front of their kids? Nearly!