Right after she was harassed after boarding a cross-country commercial flight, Ivanka Trump and her family hopped on a private jet. Then they landed in San Francisco.
TMZ, which posted a picture of Trump walking across the tarmac to a waiting vehicle, reported the flight was prearranged. The family was en route to Hawaii.
Secret Service agents escorted Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, their 3 children and several other relatives off the JetBlue plane they rode from New York City to San Francisco.
Other passengers on the JetBlue plane had to wait until the Trump family was safely off the plane before they could enter the terminal.
The smooth end of the trip contrasted with its beginning. Trump and her family had boarded a JetBlue plane to depart New York City when they were harassed.
According to one account, Dan Goldstein, a lawyer from Brooklyn, told Ivanka, “Your father is ruining the country.”
Goldstein then caused a disruption by yelling loudly, “Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private.”
That version was disputed by Goldstein’s companion, Matthew Lasner, who said Goldstein “expressed his displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane.”
However, a tweet issued by Lasner makes it appear Goldstein was not calm about the presence of the Trump family. The tweet was later removed.
Marc Scheff, a passenger sitting in front of Ivanka Trump, made it clear that she did not ask to have Goldstein removed.
“(Goldstein) 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!’” Scheff said, noting the boarding was delayed until the Trump family boarded first.
“He did not yell. He was also not what I would describe as calm. Agitated maybe. His husband behind him was very calm,” he said.
“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,” he said.
Trump never engaged Goldstein, but instead tried to distract her children with crayons, another passenger reported.
Because the flight was still boarding, JetBlue staff were able to remove Goldstein.
JetBlue said in a statement that removing a disruptive passenger from any flight is never “taken lightly.”
“If the crew determines that a passenger is causing a conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during the flight,” it said. “Our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”