A Nigerian woman has filed a discrimination lawsuit against United Airlines after she and her children were removed because a white man had complained of her “pungent” odor, ABC News reports.
The woman, Queen Obioma, said they suffered unnecessary embarrassment when they were ejected out of the plane at Bush International Airport during a flight from Houston to San Francisco on March 4, 2016.
Court records show that Obioma went to use the bathroom and as she returned to her seat, a white male passenger was standing in the aisle and blocking her from getting to her seat.
The other passenger ignored Obioma despite her telling him “excuse me” three times. Eventually, she managed to squeeze her way to her seat.
The mother then claims that a United employee, identified as Russel H., told her to get off the plane after the pilot requested that she be removed from the flight after the man causing trouble complained of her “pungent” smell and he did not feel comfortable flying with her.
United has not had a shortage of bad press in recent months after a viral video that showed a passenger being dragged by security from a flight in April 2017. More recently, a passenger’s dog died of suffocation in March after a flight attendant forced the owner to put the pet in an overhead compartment.