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Passengers Removed from JetBlue Flight in Ivanka Trump Incident

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A passenger claimed he was removed from a JetBlue flight on Thursday after an incident involving President-elect Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were on a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday when a passenger confronted them, according to Mark Lasner, who tweeted about the encounter between his husband and the couple.

"Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil," Lasner said in a now-deleted tweet.

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Lasner said in another deleted post that his husband "expressed displeasure in a calm tone" about Trump and Kushner's presence on their flight when "JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane."

Lasner also tweeted a photo appearing to show Ivanka on the flight.

JetBlue said in a statement that "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," the company said in the statement. "In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight."

TMZ reported that the passenger was verbally berating Ivanka and "jeering" at her three children.

"Your father is ruining the country," the man said, according to TMZ. "Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private."

NBC News could not independently confirm the content of what was actually said, and Lasner said in his since-deleted tweets that it was a calm or peaceful confrontation. Lasner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The United States Secret Service referred inquiries to JetBlue but said Ivanka Trump has full Secret Service protection as the daughter of the president-elect.