Woman who accused Sheila Jackson Lee of stealing her seat says United Airlines has not apologized

On Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported that Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old attorney and private school teacher on her way to Washington D.C., accused United Airlines of giving her first-class seat to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.  According to the Chronicle, the airline threatened to remove her from the plane for complaining and snapping a photo of the Houston congresswoman.

According to the Chronicle:

“It was just so completely humiliating,” said Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old attorney and private school teacher who used 140,000 miles on Dec. 3 to purchase the first-class tickets to take her from Washington D.C. to Guatemala and back home.

When it came time to board the last leg of her flight home from George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Dec. 18, after a roughly hour-long weather delay, Simon said the gate attendant scanned her paper ticket and told her it was not in the system.

Did you cancel your flight?, the attendant asked.

“No,” she said she replied. “I just want to go home.”

Her seat, 1A, was taken, she was told. Simon was given a $500 voucher and reseated in row 11, Economy Plus.

Simon tweeted the photo she took of Jackson Lee.

She also said a “fellow Congressman” told her she does this repeatedly:

Siman also claimed Jackson Lee had United wipe her entire reservation from their system:

United denied they gave the Texas Democrat preferential treatment and claimed Simon canceled her flight — something she adamantly denied.

“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, D.C. 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 also said Jackson Lee played the race card.

The Chronicle further reported:

Simon said she went to the front and snapped a photo of Jackson Lee and told a flight attendant that she knew why she’d been bumped.

In her statement, Jackson Lee said she overheard Simon speaking with an African-American flight attendant and saw her snap the photo.

“Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice,” Jackson Lee said in the statement. “This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people. But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry.”

Simon said Jackson Lee’s statement accused her of racism, adding: “I had no idea who was in my seat when I complained at the gate that my seat had been given to someone else,” she said. “There is no way you can see who is in a seat from inside the terminal.”

The Associated Press and other outlets reported that United apologized to Simon:

But, Simon said, that’s not quite true.

So, Twitchy asked, “who to believe?”

As it turns out, Jackson Lee has shown herself to be something of a nightmare on airlines:

Twitchy added:

Over to you, United. Can we get some verification that the screenshot provided to the Chronicle is indeed what the company says it is?

On a final note, the Chronicle said Jackson Lee was named the “meanest” member of Congress back in 2014…

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