A woman is accusing United Airlines of giving preferential treatment to Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee. A 63-year-old lawyer and private school teacher says the airline gave away her first class seat to the Democratic lawmaker.
United Airlines has released a statement that the passenger, Jean-Marie Simon, canceled her flight from Houston to Washington, D.C. after learning that it was delayed due weather conditions, the Houston Chronicle reported.
"As part of the normal pre-boarding process, gate agents began clearing standby and upgrade customers, including the first customer on the waitlist for an upgrade," said the United Airlines statement. The airline claims they gave first-class seat 1A to Jackson Lee as a part of the upgrade process.
Simon denies that she canceled her flight. United Airlines gave her a $500 voucher and changed her seating assignment to row 11. Simon also alleges that the airline threatened to kick her off the flight for her complaint and for trying to take a picture of Representative Jackson Lee.
(PHOTO OF SHEILA JACKSON LEE FROM THE WOMAN WHO LOST HER SEAT IN FIRST CLASS)
|Photo via Houston Chronicle|
TIME TO PULL OUT THE OLD RACE CARD.......
Sheila Jackson Lee released a statement on Saturday afternoon according to the Houston Chronicle saying that she neither asked for nor received any preferential treatment from United Airlines, and what happened here is because both she and the flight attendant are black.
"Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice," Representative Sheila Jackson Lee said in a statement, according to the Houston Chronicle. "This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people. But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry."
So the woman who LOST HER PAID, FIRST CLASS SEAT on a flight to Sheila Jackson Lee and was THEN LIED TO by United Airlines as to why it happened is a RACIST because she got upset.
Now I got it.