Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Teacher removed from first class; seat then given to Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee



The following article appeared in the Daily Mail

A Teacher 'was evicted from first class United seat so that airline could give it to US Congresswoman who ''always does it'' and was threatened by staff when she complained.'
  • A school teacher from Washington, DC is accusing United Airlines of evicting her from her first-class seat and giving it to a Democratic congresswoman
  • Jean-Marie Simon, 63, was flying home on December 18, having boarded a flight from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston bound for the capital 
  • When she boarded the final flight of her trip home on December 18, she was told by the gate attendant that her ticket was not in the system 
  • Simon was then told that the seat she had purchased, 1A, was taken 
  • She was compensated with a $500 voucher and another ticket in Economy Plus
  • Upon boarding the plane, Simon noticed that her seat was taken by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the congresswoman from Houston
  • The airline denies that it gave Jackson Lee preferential treatment, saying that Simon had canceled her ticket 
  • Simon, who denied the airline's claim that she canceled her ticket, boarded the plane and snapped a photo of Jackson Lee sitting in the seat she had purchased
    Lee in Simon's seat

By Ariel Zilber

A school teacher from Washington, DC has accused United Airlines of evicting her from her first-class seat and giving it to senior Democratic congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Jean Marie Simon

Jean-Marie Simon, 63, was preparing to board her final flight home from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on December 18 after an hour-long weather delay when she was told by the gate attendant that her ticket was not in the system.  

When the attendant asked her if she had canceled her ticket, Simon replied: 'No. I just want to go home.' 

Simon, who was on the second leg of her return flight from Guatemala, was then told that the seat she had purchased, 1A, was taken. 

The airline compensated her with a $500 voucher and another ticket for that flight in Economy Plus. 

(Remainder of Article HERE)


Ed.  And how does Shiela Jackson Lee respond to the charge by passenger Simon? Why, by claiming racism is at the bottom of Simon’s claims, of course!

From another passenger: 'I've seen Lee and IAH cutting in line and rudely taking advantage of her status before. United knows she will play the race card if she isn't treated like royalty so they just give in. They don't care about a hard working teacher vs a privileged idiot.'   

Said Lee: “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…”

QED




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