Ivanka Trump and her three children were harassed by a fellow passenger Thursday on a flight out of New York.
An “out-of-control passenger” was “verbally berating” the 35-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBipartisan group of mayors asks for immigration reform Obama offers laments and optimism at last presser Overnight Energy: Trump's EPA pick faces Congress | 2016 is the hottest year on record MORE and “jeering” at her children, according to TMZ.
“Your father is ruining the country,” the JetBlue passenger said to Trump, the entertainment news site reports.
Another passenger on the flight out of John F. Kennedy International Airport told the site that Trump “ignored the guy and tried distracting her kids with crayons” before the man was escorted off the flight. As he was removed, the man reportedly yelled, “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?”
JetBlue released a statement to TMZ that said the decision to remove a customer from a flight was never "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," the statement said.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Secret Service said agents were with Ivanka Trump and her children on the flight, and that it was the airline's decision to remove the other passenger.
A man, identified by TMZ as the husband of the passenger who was booted from the plane, wrote on Twitter:
Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil— Matthew Lasner (@mattlasner) December 22, 2016
A spokesperson for Donald Trump didn't immediately respond to ITK's request for comment on the incident.
--This report was updated at 3:00 p.m.