A Nigerian woman filed a racial seizure lawsuit against US Airlines this week after she and her children were thrown off the plane two years ago when a business class passenger complained that she had a "pungent" odor have.
Queen Obioma has claimed that she and her two children were on United Flight, part of United Continental Holdings Inc.
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from Houston to San Francisco on March 4, 2016, for the second leg of a three flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Ontario, Canada, as she sat a man on her assigned seat reported the Houston Chronicle.
Obioma said the passenger, a white man, refused to leave her seat. When a flight attendant was involved, Obioma agreed to take over the other passenger's assigned seat, she claims. She later got up to use the bathroom, only to find the same man who prevented her from coming to her place, the lawsuit states. Obioma claims that she has "apologized" the man three times, but was initially ignored before she was allowed to pass, the Washington Post said.
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Obioma was then asked to leave an airline employee and tell him that she and her two children were taken off the flight Because the male passenger had done a complaint that she had a "pungent" smell, the Post reported.
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The mother was let out sobbing and confused, according to the Dallas News, as a result The family was reportedly forced to wait for hours before boarding another flight, which missed important Ontario appointments, according to Obioma.
The lawsuit, which seeks unknown punitive damages, accuses United Airlines of discriminating against Obioma and her children that day because they were black.
The airline has informed several news agencies that they have not received the lawsuit filed in Houston on Friday and can not comment on a suit they have not seen.
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