A Nigerian woman, Queen Obioma was taking her two children to school in Canada when she was kicked off a United Airlines flight after a fellow passenger complained that she had a odour.
Queen and her children were already on the second leg of a three-flight journey to their destination when the incident happened.
When Queen got into the plane, she saw that a white male passenger had taken her seat and refused to move, so she was asked to sit elsewhere by a flight member crew.
She encountered the man again, on her way from the bathroom and he wouldn’t let her pass even after she said “excuse me” three times. Then, she squeezed her way to her seat.
But just after she sat down, Queen was told by a crew member to go outside the aircraft, that she would be removed from the flight.
She has now filed a lawsuit against United Airlines
According to Washington Post, the lawsuit filed by Queen against the airline said that the pilot had personally requested that Queen be removed because the male passenger had complained that her smell was “pungent” and that he was not comfortable flying with her.
“At that point Ms. Obioma was lost, confused and disoriented. Her mind went blank and she was utterly befuddled. Ms. Obioma watched her minor children marched out of the aircraft like criminals, confused and perplexed. … She sobbed uncontrollably for a long time,” the lawsuit read.
The airline was accused of discriminating against Queen and her children because they were black. It also accuses crew members of singling out Queen because a white man did not want to share a plane with her.