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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Nigerian Woman Sues United Airlines After They Forced Her Out of the Plane, Claiming She Smells Bad

Queen Obioma and her two children had already completed the longest leg of their trip from Lagos to Ontario in March 2016 when she says United Airlines singled her out for her race.

They were seated separately as the second leg began early the morning of March 4, with the kids in economy class and Obioma in business class. They were heading from Houston to San Francisco, then up to Ontario, where her children went to school.
The man who was assigned the seat next to her was in her seat, according to a civil rights lawsuit Obioma filed in federal court in Houston on Friday. Both she and a flight attendant asked the man to get up, before Obioma decided to sit in 4J instead of 4K.
When she sat down, the man got up and went into the flight cabin, according to the lawsuit. What she didn't know at the time was that the man was complaining to the captain about Obioma's "pungent" smell, the suit says.
Smelly passengers actually can be forced off major airlines' flights. That language is baked into the contracts passengers agree to when they buy a ticket.
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.



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