Flying today is like being in a cattle car to hell. To make money, planes are now loaded up to the gills at various centralized hubs and this includes overselling seats all the time by two or three passengers. In today’s cattle car news, we have the story of a black Congresswoman who kicked a lady to the back of the bus so she could seize the prized seat for herself. The lady didn’t go quietly into the back of the plane, going from first class to lower than second class, sitting with the stewardess next to the toilets. She is now suing the airline.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, from Texas, said did nothing wrong when she was bumped to a first class seat on a December 18 flight from Houston to Washington, DC.
It’s OK to steal someone’s seat if one is an elite black politician. I believe this woman sees no irony in her own actions.
She was put in seat 1A, which was originally paid for by a Jean-Marie Simon, a schoolteacher from Washington DC, who has accused the airline of evicting her from the seat so they could give it to a member of congress. Jackson Lee said in a statement Tuesday that she is upset she has to respond to allegations that she demanded special treatment.
She certainly doubles down on the insults and the snotty ‘me first’ stuff! Here is what the Congresswoman said:
I saw the gate agent go to the seat of the individual who was walking back and forth before we took off. I later came to understand that the individual had canceled her own flight. However I had nothing to do with that.
Except the airline lied. I don’t know if the Congresswoman is also lying. She did pretend to ‘know nothing’ and stubbornly sat there once she did learn the truth.
I noted that this individual came toward me and took a picture. I heard later that she might have said “I know who she is.” 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 who was very, very nice.
Note how this powerful politician rushes to accuse the victim of this mugging, of being a racist.
This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people. But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry.
Wow, she thinks she is a queen now. She will deign to say ‘sorry’ in a backhanded, contemptuous way, a few days too late. How was she ‘helping’ anyone when she was ‘helping herself’ to someone’s paid for seat?
I understand the airline is working to address the passenger’s concerns. I am glad of that. But as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation.
This is part of her official statement. Note how she doubles down again with racist attacks on the victim.
I hope one day, we will accept our collective diversity. Happy Holidays.’
The airline, caught cheating a paying customer, tried to hide the truth so…they told blatant lies. This will be examined in court, later. I am betting they will settle out of court.
Immediately after the incident the airline denied Simon’s claims.
‘After thoroughly examining our electronic records, we found that upon receiving a notification that Flight 788 was delayed due to weather, the customer appears to have canceled her flight from Houston to Washington, DC within the United mobile app,’ United said in a statement.
‘As part of the normal pre-boarding process, gate agents began clearing standby and upgrade customers, including the first customer on the waitlist for an upgrade.’
The victim has a totally different story:
Simon denies the airline’s claim that she canceled her ticket and claims United staff threatened to remove her from the flight for complaining and for taking a photo of Lee in her seat. The teacher said she has screenshots of her United app that shows a canceled flight to Houston in August during Hurricane Harvey when she was supposed to visit her daughter, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The significance of this retort is obvious: what the airline staff did was seek out records of the victim and found that LAST FALL she cancelled a flight so they pretended it was the present flight she ‘cancelled’. This was a fraud and wills be shown in court, too, eventually.
The airline first offered her $300 for her suffering but she refused it so they doubled the offer. I hope she didn’t take it, she will hit pay day in court. And they know this, it is another United Airline slap in the face of customers who pay in full and the lies after they were caught doing this simply makes it more and more criminal instead of accidental.
Bravo to the lady fighting for her civil rights. This is exactly like the bus protests launched by anti-segregationists in the Deep South 60 years ago.