A Nigerian woman has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against United Airlines after she and her children were kicked off a flight because a male passenger complained that she had a “pungent” odor after taking her seat in business class.
In her lawsuit, Queen Obioma alleges that she and her two children were boarding a flight from Houston to San Francisco at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on March 4, 2016, as the second leg of a three-flight journey from Lagos, Nigeria to Ontario, Canada, when they found that a man was sitting in her assigned seat in the business-class cabin.
Obioma said the passenger, a white man, refused to move from her seat. When a flight attendant got involved, Obioma ended up agreeing to take the other passenger’s assigned seat, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Later, however, when she went to the use the bathroom, the same man was standing in the aisle, blocking her from getting to her seat, the lawsuit says.
Obioma alleged that she said “excuse me” to the man three times, but was ignored, according to the Washington Post. After several minutes, she finally made her way past him and sat down.
Shortly after, Obioma was asked to deplane and told by an airline employee that she and her two children were being kicked off the flight because the male passenger had made a complaint that she had a “pungent” odor, the Post reported.
The comment left the mother feeling “confused” and “disoriented,” the lawsuit reportedly said.
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SOURCE: Newsweek, Chantal Da Silva