Just before the plane took off, Obioma stood up to use the bathroom and on her way back, was blocked by the same passenger, keeping her from accessing her seat. She said when she got to her assigned seat in business class a white man was already sitting there.
A Nigerian woman, Queen Obioma, has filed a suit against United Airlines after she and her children were kicked out of a plane following complaints from a white man that he could not fly with her because of her body odour.
The lawsuit also stated that, "United Airlines discriminated against Obioma and her children during the incident on March 4, 2016 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston because they were black".
According to her, she said "excuse me" thrice but was forced to squeeze past him when he refused to budge.
Obioma and children were also taken off the plane.
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The mother then alleged that a United staffer told her to get off the plane, and another United employee told her the pilot requested she leave because the man who refused to move his seat felt uncomfortable flying with her due to her "pungent" odor. "Her mind went blank and she was utterly befuddled", according to the complaint. While Obioma was putting her luggage in the overhead compartment, she saw the man get up and go to the cockpit of the plane.
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"Ms. Obioma watched her minor children marched out of the aircraft like criminals, confused and perplexed". Due to the delay, Obioma and her kids missed previously scheduled appointments and extended her stay, incurring additional expenses.
According to USA Today, American, Delta, Southwest and United all have similar provisions in their "contracts of carriage" that allow the airlines to deny boarding to passengers who: are barefoot or not properly clothed, have or cause a malodorous (foul-smelling) condition, appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or are unable to sit in a single seat with the seat belt properly fastened. She tried explaining to the employee that her children and their luggage were still on the plane and that they have a connecting flight to catch.
However, the airline says it has not been served with the suit and declined to comment further on pending litigation.
Obioma filed a civil rights lawsuit against United Airlines, saying the airline discriminated against her because she is black, Nigerian and African.