According to TMZ, the unruly passenger spotted the president-elect’s daughter in coach on the Florida-bound flight.
“Your father is ruining the country,” the man told Trump, according to TMZ. “Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private.”
As JetBlue personnel escorted him off the plane, he purportedly protested, screaming, “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?”
The airline confirmed the crew removed the unidentified passenger placed him and his family on the next available flight.
“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly,” a JetBlue spokesman said in a statement. “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.”
About an hour before the incident, a man who identified himself as the husband of the passenger in question tweeted that they recognized Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, inside the JetBlue terminal.
“Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial,” Matthew Lasner, a professor at Hunter College, tweeted. “My husband chasing them down to harass them.”
In a subsequent tweet, he claimed his husband expressed displeasure about having to travel with Trump and Kushner “in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane.”
His tweets were later deleted.