A Nigerian woman has alleged she was kicked off a United flight after a passenger complained about her “pungent” odour.
According to Fox News, the woman, Queen Obima, has filed a federal discrimination suit in Texas alleging she and her children were asked to leave a flight that was headed to San Francisco, the second part of a three-flight trip from Lagos, Nigeria to Ontario Canada.
Upon boarding the plane, Obima found a white male in her assigned business class seat who refused to move. She agreed to sit in his assigned seat after a flight attendant failed to resolve the issue.
After going to the bathroom before takeoff, Obima returned to find the man blocking her seat.
Fox News reports Obima was then asked by a United staffer to step off the plane where she was then told by another staffer that the pilot requested she leave as the man who blocked her seat complained that she was “pungent” and he did not feel comfortable flying with her.
Obima and her children were able to make their connection to Ontario, where her children go to school, five hours later.
The frequent flyer member of United’s Star Alliance Program said the airline discriminated against her because she is “black, African, Nigerian.”
“We have not yet been served with this suit and due to the pending litigation involved in this matter, we’re unable to provide further comment,” a spokesman for the airline told Fox News.