However, when Obioma went to the restroom before the takeoff of the flight, she found that that the man is blocking her from accessing her seat.
Obioma said the passenger, a white man, refused to move from her seat.
She was later asked to sit somewhere else after the passenger refused to give up the seat.
A Nigerian woman, Queen Obioma, has filed a suit against United Airlines after she and her children were kicked out of a plane following complaints from a white man that he could not fly with her because of her body odour.
The Nigerian family was flying from Nigeria to Canada in 2016 when they had to switch planes in Houston. When a flight attendant got involved, Obioma ended up agreeing to take the other passenger's assigned seat, the Houston Chronicle reported. She said the airlines did nothing to protect her or her children's rights.
But just after she sat down, a crew member told Obioma to go outside the aircraft, where another employee told her that she will be removed from the flight.
According to the complaint filed in Houston Friday, the incident unfolded on March 4, 2016.
Obioma explained that she was taking her children to school in Canada for the first time, and that they had appointments they could not miss. Obioma says that the incident was not about her smell but her skin. She and her children were seen at George Bush Intercontinental Airport after completing their previous trip from Nigeria to Ontario. Both she and a flight attendant asked the man to get up, before Obioma made a decision to sit in 4J instead of 4K.
According to USA Today, American, Delta, Southwest and United all have similar provisions in their "contracts of carriage" that allow the airlines to deny boarding to passengers who: are barefoot or not properly clothed, have or cause a malodorous (foul-smelling) condition, appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or are unable to sit in a single seat with the seat belt properly fastened.
The reports revealed that it took Obioma and her kids another five hours before they finally boarded another plane.
As she was putting her carry-on luggage away, Obiama noticed the man head to the cockpit, where he spoke with the pilot.
Obioma's lawsuit claims that she was discriminated against intentionally, and that this was nothing more than a hate crime due to her being of African descent.
The lawsuit, which seeks punitive damages, accuses United Airlines of discriminating against Obioma and her children that day because they were black.
However, the airline says it has not been served with the suit and declined to comment further on pending litigation.
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