- One Queen Obioma filed a suit against United Airlines, a US airline
- Obioma and her children were removed from the plane after complaint from another passenger
- The passenger complained he could not fly with her because of her body odour
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.
According to Chicago Tribune, the incident happened in 2016 when Obioma and her two children were boarding a flight from Houston to San Francisco.
The trio were on their second leg of a three-flight journey to Ontario, Canada after they had flown from Lagos.
According to Obioma, the male passenger had taken the seat she was initially assigned to in the business-class cabin. When the passenger refused to give up the seat, Obioma was asked to sit elsewhere.
A few minutes later, Obioma went to use the bathroom before the plane took off. On her way back, the same passenger reportedly blocked her from accessing her seat. She said “excuse me” thrice but when the passenger refused, Obioma squeezed her way past him.
Before she could sit, a crew member told Obioma to leave the plane and that the pilot had specifically asked that she be removed from the plane because the male passenger complained that he could not fly with her because of her pungent smell.
According to complaint filed by Obioma’s lawyer in Houston, "At that point Ms. Obioma was lost, confused and disoriented. Her mind went blank and she was utterly befuddled.”
Obioma explained that her children had important appointments related to school that they could not miss but she was refused re-entry into the plane.
"Ms. Obioma watched her minor children marched out of the aircraft like criminals, confused and perplexed ... She sobbed uncontrollably for a long time.”
It took five hours before Obioma and her children finally boarded another plane but the delay affected the scheduled appointment she had and she incurred more expenses.
According to the lawsuit filed against the airline, “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.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a Nigerian Lolade Siyonbola studying at the Ivy League University has shared a discomforting news of how a race biased student called the police on her.
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Lolade Siyonbola who is a post graduate student of African Studies at the university narrated how she was having a nap at the Yale University's common room when a White student she identifies as Sarah Braasch called the campus Police to come and arrest her.
She explained that the encounter wasn't the first she has experienced from her co-student Sarah. She wrote on her Facebook wall that Sarah Braasch, who is studying Philosophy at PhD level, once called the Police on one of her friends a few months earlier.
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