New York tabloid coverage of JetBlue incident.
New York tabloid coverage of Thursday morning’s JetBlue incident.

Ivanka Trump was flying coach on a JetBlue flight that was about to leave New York when an angry male passenger traveling with his husband and child let her know of his dislike for her president-elect father.

But the man’s statements to Ivanka resulted in his being removed from the plane at the gate, along with his family.

The resulting flap was fodder for the tabloids, and while initial reports indicated the man yelled at Ivanka, later reports described a much more civil scene.

“PLANE IDIOT,” screamed the New York Daily News cover.

“HEIR STRIKE,” yelled the rival New York Post.

Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, is publisher of the rival New York Observer, a weekly that hadn’t posted a story online by noon Friday. No reaction via Twitter either from @realDonaldTrump.

TMZ was among the first to break the story of the Trump daughter’s family, including their three kids, encountering the angry passenger as the flight to San Francisco was about to take off.

The Gothamist corrected some TMZ reportage.

“Brooklyn lawyer Dan Goldstein and his husband Matthew Lasner, a Hunter College professor, and their child were removed from the San Francisco-bound flight around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

“But while TMZ and other outlets initially reported that Goldstein was ‘screaming’ and ‘out of control’ when he confronted Trump, at least one eyewitness had a very different take on the incident.

The Gothamist said Marc Scheff, who sat in the “next row up from Ivanka,” wrote in a Facebook post that Goldstein did not yell, “but was agitated when he realized who else was sitting in coach.”

“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,'” Scheff said. “My assessment is that she was happy to let the man take his seat. She handled the situation calmly and with class. Security made the call to remove the man.”

“This whole thing is a distraction from DT’s nuke announcement,” Scheff texted a New York Post reporter as the flight landed in San Francisco. (Later the family boarded a private jet to Hawaii.)

“That is my opinion,” he added of his view that Ivanka was intentionally put on a commercial plane because the resulting media buzz would distract from Trump’s tweet on Thursday that “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

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