By now we have all heard the story of Matthew Lasner and his husband, who were removed from a JetBlue flight for harassing Ivanka Trump. However, I doubt that you have heard the entire story. A website I am an unfamiliar with, Heavy.com, posted details of some information I have seen referred to elsewhere.
Heavy.com posted a tweet:
The intention here was to harass another passenger on the plane. How noble. It gets even worse. According to Heavy.com, and other sources, Mr.. Lasner is a professor at Hunter College. What kind of example is he setting for his students? What is he teaching his students? According to the article, Matthew Lasner is married to Daniel Goldstein, a New York Attorney. Mr. Goldstein was holding their child as he was yelling at Ivanka Trump. Great example to set for your child.
The Washington Examiner also carried the story yesterday, noting that it had been sanitized in the mainstream media.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Lasner later deleted the tweets, and he appears to have suspended his Twitter account altogether following the incident.
JetBlue later put out a statement reading, “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. In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”
I would not have been so accommodating.
Some of the mainstream media reports of the incident are included in The Washington Examiner article:
From the Associated Press: “Man says he and husband removed from JetBlue flight after ‘expressing displeasure’ that Ivanka Trump was aboard.”
From Yahoo News: “Man kicked off JetBlue flight for questioning why Ivanka Trump was on it.”
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Passengers kicked off flight after run-in with Ivanka Trump.”
From the Washington Post: “Passenger who confronted Ivanka Trump gets kicked off Jet Blue flight.”
I can’t remember anyone ever doing anything similar to any of the Obama family members when they were out in the public–the girls at concerts or shopping. This is disgraceful. There need to be serious consequences for this sort of behavior. You can disagree with anyone politically for any reason, but you do not have the right to harass them or their family.