The United Airlines passenger reportedly “bumped” from her first-class seat by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is firing-back at the liberal legislator; rejecting accusations that Jackson Lee was being unfairly attacked because of her race and dismissing the airline’s excuse for the ordeal.
The woman, identified as Jean-Marie Simon, is the latest individual claiming Rep. Jackson Lee unfairly took their first-class seats on flights between Houston, Texas, and the nation’s capital. The airline claims Simon targeted the lawmaker because she was an “easy target.”
“That could have been Donald Duck in my seat,” Simon, told Fox News on Thursday. “I could not see who had boarded the flight. I didn’t even know who she was.”
“At first, Simon didn’t know who was in her seat as she argued at the gate. United eventually gave her a $500 voucher and reseated her in the economy plus section,” reports Fox News. “In her original Facebook post, Simon said another Texas congressman then informed her a fellow member of the delegation was in her seat, and ‘regularly does this’ to passengers.”
Jackson Lee believes the incident was directly related to her being an African-American woman, saying, “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 with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice.”