Men kicked off JetBlue flight with Ivanka Trump aboard

Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-22 14:25:49-05

NEW YORK (AP/WPTV) -- A New York man says he and his husband were removed from a JetBlue flight Thursday morning after his husband "expressed displeasure" about flying with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

Matthew Lasner said on Twitter that JetBlue staff kicked him and his husband off the flight from New York's Kennedy airport 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.

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.

The Associated Press reported that the flight was headed to Florida.  However, NBC News reported they spoke to a public relations representative for Ivanka Trump who said the president-elect's daughter was on a flight to San Francisco, en route to Hawaii. 

The AP said a spokeswoman for the Trump family declined comment but did not dispute the accounts.