United Accused of Kicking Off Ticketed Passenger to Prioritize Dem Lawmaker Sheila Lee

Does United Airlines screw over their ticketed customers to prioritize a Democrat Lawmaker?

According to one passenger who claims to have had her seat booted in favor of Dem Sheila Jackson Lee, that’s exactly what happened.

Just in case you forgot,  Sheila Jackson Lee famously denounced “Wikipedia” on MSNBC for “election meddling” in an epic gaffe that went viral.


As reported by DailyMail 

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A school teacher from Washington, DC has accused United Airlines of evicting her from her first-class seat and giving it to senior Democratic congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Jean-Marie Simon, 63, was preparing to board her final flight home from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on December 18 after an hour-long weather delay when she was told by the gate attendant that her ticket was not in the system.

When the attendant asked her if she had canceled her ticket, Simon replied: ‘No. I just want to go home.’

Simon, who was on the second leg of her return flight from Guatemala, was then told that the seat she had purchased, 1A, was taken.

The airline compensated her with a $500 voucher and another ticket for that flight in Economy Plus.

Simon (above), a school teacher from Washington, DC, says United Airlines evicted her from her first-class seat and gave it to the Democratic congresswoman

Upon boarding the plane, Simon noticed that her seat was taken by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the congresswoman from Houston.

Simon believes that she was removed from her seat by United in order to accommodate the Congresswoman.

The airline, however, denies this.

‘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.’

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.


Simon claims she was told by another passenger that her original seat was occupied by Sheila Jackson Lee and that he had seen her do it twice before.

Other people on the flight claim they have witnessed the congresswoman carry out similar behavior at least three times before.

One person said he had witnessed Lee ‘cutting in line and rudely taking advantage of her status before’. He claimed that United knows Lee would play the race card if ‘she isn’t treated like royalty’.

Reports from back in 1995 when Lee first came to Washington allege that she was routinely chauffeured just one block to work in a government car at the taxpayers’ expense, the Standard reports.

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