Nigerian woman kicked off United flight for stinking files racism suit

Nigerian woman removed from United Airlines flight after white male passenger told crew she smelled bad

She claimed in her suit that she was told she was not allowed back on the flight because a passenger had complained about her smell, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The trio were on their second leg of a three-flight journey to Ontario, Canada after they has flown from Lagos.

Obioma said the drama started when she and her family boarded a United Airlines flight at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Her lawsuit said the airline discriminated against her because she is black, African and Nigerian.

The incident involving the passenger, a white male, happened two years ago, when Queen Obioma, a Nigerian citizen, and her two children were boarding a flight from Houston to San Francisco.

According to Obioma, the male passenger had taken the seat she was initially assigned to in the business-class cabin. Both she and the flight attendant asked the man to get up, but he refused so she sat in another seat, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Houston. Flight personnel got involved but the man still refused to get out the seat so Obioma said she agreed to sit in the man's assigned seat nearby.

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Just before the plane took off, Obioma stood up to use the bathroom and on her way back, was blocked by the same passenger, keeping her from accessing her seat.

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.

Staff would not allow her back onto the aircraft to get her children. The woman and her family made their connection after the five-hour delay.

United said in a statement that it could not comment on the incident because they have not yet been served the lawsuit and because of pending litigation. Obioma also incurred more expenses, the lawsuit says. The mother then alleges that a United staffer, identified as Russel H., instructed her to step off the plane, where she was informed by another United agent that the pilot requested that she exit as the man causing trouble complained that she was "pungent" and did not feel comfortable flying with her. The allegations continue a string of embarrassments over the airline's customer service failures, while adding a racial element that could even further erode United's battered public image.

And in March, a passenger's 10-month-old puppy suffocated to death after a flight attendant forced the owner to place it in an overhead compartment.

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