A passenger on a JetBlue flight had to be removed after he accosted and began yelling at Ivanka Trump, who was flying coach with her cousins, husband, and her three children.
According to TMZ, Ivanka had already boarded the plane and settled in when a man, carrying his own child, approached her and her family and began screaming.
“Your father is ruining the country,” he yelled while Ivanka attempted to distract her children. “Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private.”
JetBlue personnel reportedly escorted the man off the flight while he was still yelling. Asking them, “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?!!”
Ivanka and family were unharmed, but Tweets from the man’s partner indicate that he intended to accost the family and disrupt their flight as a political protest.
According to his biography, Mr. Lasner is — perhaps no surprise — a college professor.
After the incident, Lasner claimed that JetBlue kicked him and his partner off the flight because staff “overheard” them expressing their displeasure at having to fly on the same plane as a member of the Trump family.
He also Tweeted a photo of his husband being removed from the plane.
Both of the “explanatory” Tweets have since been deleted, possibly because his story didn’t match up with reports of the incident. Witnesses have yet to weigh in on exactly what happened.
2 of these 3 tweets have already been deleted. Will we learn the lessons from yesterday?
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) December 22, 2016
Heat Street has reached out to Donald Trump’s team for comment but has not yet received a response.