Even if you are the high-profile daughter to the president-elect of the United States of America, you are not immune from dramas and indignities that come with holiday travel on commercial airplanes in the main cabin. That's what we learned this morning when TMZ picked up the story that Ivanka Trump was seated with her family — including three young children as well as cousins — in JetBlue's coach cabin when a fellow passenger approached her to allegedly yell and "jeer."
Ivanka was on the flight leaving New York's Kennedy airport when the passenger saw an opportunity to berate her divisive dad. "Your father is ruining the country," the passenger reportedly said. He also asked, "Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private." The passenger reportedly had his own child in his arms as he yelled at Ivanka.
Another passenger on board told TMZ that Ivanka did her best to ignore the shouter, and distract her kids with crayons and diversions — in a familiar manner (though perhaps unfamiliar circumstances) to many moms who've ever flown with kids.
JetBlue personnel escorted the unruly passenger off the flight, and as he was being removed, he reportedly yelled, "You're kicking me off for expressing my opinion?"
A short time later, JetBlue released a statement, saying, "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. Our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight."
While the passenger's attempt at confrontation might not surprise many Americans now accustomed to a super-charged emotional climate since the campaign, Ivanka's family's ticketing in coach on a commercial flight may surprise many who are familiar with her dad's much-publicized, gilded 757 private jet.
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