Nigerian woman kicked off United flight for stinking files racism suit

Nigerian woman kicked off United flight for stinking files racism suit

The incident involving the passenger, a white male, happened two years ago, when Queen Obioma, a Nigerian citizen, and her two children were boarding a flight from Houston to San Francisco.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the family was on the second leg of a three-flight trip from Lagos, Nigeria, to Ontario, Canada, where her kids attend school.

The suit states the events were racially motivated, saying that United "wrongfully singled out Ms. Obioma and her children because they were blacks and punished them publicly because a white man did not want them on the plane".

A Nigerian woman thrown off a United Airlines flight in Texas after a white man complained she was stinking and could not travel beside her has filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.

It was after she had sat down that a crew member told her to go outside the aircraft, and another United employee told her she was getting kicked out of the plane.

Obioma boarded the flight and found that a male passenger was sitting in her assigned business class seat, and refused to move from there. The man refused to move, so a flight crew member, instead, asked Obioma to sit elsewhere in business class.

A few minutes later, Obioma went to use the bathroom before the plane took off. Obioma said, "Excuse me" three times and attempted to make her way to her seat.

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Later, a staff of the United Airlines identified as Russel H. instructed her to step off the plane, and she was informed by another staff that the pilot has requested her to leave as the man complained that she was "pungent" and was not comfortable to fly with her.

Obioma said she was met by another employee who informed her that she was not allowed back on the plane because the pilot received a complaint from the man sitting near her that she smelled "pungent".

During a conversation with police officers, she had explained that Sarah Braasch earlier called the cops on her friend "because he was in the stairwell and he was black", says a report by The Washington Post.

Obioma and her children waited for five hours before they could get on another flight, missing their scheduled appointments.

A United spokeswoman said in a statement that the company has not been served with the lawsuit and is unable to comment because of the pending litigation.

Obioma is seeking punitive damages of an unspecified amount and legal fees from the airline.

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