A 63 year old D.C. teacher was upset last week after she said United Airlines bumped her from her seat, then gave her accommodations to a Texas congresswoman.
The airline has since given Jean-Marie Simon, 63, an apology and a $500 voucher.
Simon said she booked a flight from Houston to Washington, D.C. but was told her flight had been canceled due to inclement weather.
Moments later, she saw a Black congresswoman, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), sitting in what was supposed to be Simon’s seat.
So Simon decided to snap pictures of Jackson-Lee in her seat. She then complained that Jackson-Lee was receiving “preferential treatment”.
Simon also posted a photo of the congresswoman sitting in her airplane seat, bothering no one, on Facebook.
Simon claimed that race did not play a factor in her complaints: Jackson-Lee, once again, is Black; Simon is White.
For her part, Rep. Jackson-Lee, 67, seemed unbothered by the unexpected and intrusive photo session, and publicity over an incident she seems to have had no control over.
Jackson-Lee denied she sought any special treatment, and went on to say she never “asked for nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary.”