A Nigerian woman identified as Queen Obioma, is suing United Airlines after she and her children were walked out of a plane following complaints from a white man that he could not stand her body odour.
A Nigerian woman was allegedly kicked off a flight at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport after a passenger complained that she had a "pungent" odor.
As stated by the lawsuit, Obioma boarded the airplane and uncovered a while male passenger sitting at an assigned business-class seat, from that he refused to proceed. She politely asked the man to move from her designated seat but the man simply ignored.
Just before the plane took off, Obioma stood up to use the bathroom and on her way back, was blocked by the same passenger, keeping her from accessing her seat.
The man reportedly refused to move, the lawsuit states.
After a trip back from the restroom, she noticed the man was blocking the way to her seat.
Ms. Obioma watched her minor children marched out of the aircraft like criminals, confused and perplexed ... After several minutes, Obioma managed to squeeze her way to her seat.
As she insisted, she was informed by a flight crew that the pilot had requested her to leave the plane because the other passenger had complained he was not comfortable traveling next to her because she was stinking.
It was after she had sat down that a crew member told her to go outside the aircraft, and another United employee told her she was getting kicked out of the plane.
During a conversation with police officers, she had explained that Sarah Braasch earlier called the cops on her friend "because he was in the stairwell and he was black", says a report by The Washington Post.
Confused, Obioma asked what the man meant by "pungent" to which she was simply told that she had a foul smell coming from her.
She said they made the connection after a five-hour delay in Houston.
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.
She said in the suit that a United employee then ordered her off the plane.
The suit which was filed on Friday in Houston has yet to be answered.
United Airlines' media office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
When the airlines were asked about the incident, a spokesman for the airline informed Fox News in an emailed statement:"We have not yet been served with this suit and due to the pending litigation involved in this matter, we're unable to provide further comment".