And for her trouble, Jean-Marie Simon has been called a liar by United, a racist by SJL, and WaPo said her story was a non-story.
Big Government: An attorney and private school teacher from Washington, DC, is accusing United Airlines of removing her from her first-class seat only to give the seat to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
Jean-Marie Simon, 63, had been about to board the final leg of her flight home to D.C. from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on December 18 when a gate agent notified her that she could not locate her ticket in the system.
When the gate agent asked Simon if she canceled her ticket, Simon replied, “No. I just want to go home.”
But when Simon boarded the flight, she noticed Lee, the Democrat congresswoman from Houston, taking her seat.
Airline staff told Simon the seat was taken and gave her a $500 voucher, along with another ticket for the same flight in Economy Plus.
The D.C. teacher claimed that the airline bumped her from her seat to accommodate the congresswoman.
“It was just so completely humiliating,” said Simon, who spent 140,000 miles to purchase the round-trip first-class tickets between D.C. and Guatemala. It gets worse