Ivanka Trump, family reportedly harassed en route to Hawaii

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of president-elect Donald Trump, and her family are making their way to Hawaii, CNN reports.

During one leg of the trip Thursday, on a JetBlue flight departing from New York’s Kennedy airport, they were reportedly harassed by a fellow passenger.

A New York man says he and his husband were removed from a JetBlue flight after his husband “expressed displeasure” about flying with Trump.

Matthew Lasner said on Twitter that JetBlue staff kicked them off the flight after overhearing his husband’s remarks. Lasner tweeted earlier that his husband was chasing the couple down in the terminal “to harass them.”

Lasner has since deleted his Twitter account, but it originally identified him as the author of a book on affordable housing in New York and a professor at Hunter College in New York City.

JetBlue cited the possibility of “the risk of escalation during flight” in explaining the decision to remove the men. The airline says the couple was rebooked for the next available flight.

A transition official said Trump and Kushner were headed to Hawaii for vacation. As of Thursday, the President-elect remained in his Florida resort at Mar-a-Lago, where he has spent the past several days.

Trump and her family are flying in nearly a week after President Obama and his family landed on Oahu for their annual Christmas vacation.


JetBlue statement to CNN:

“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 reaccommodate the party on the next available flight.”

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