TX: Nigerian Passenger in Houston Says United Airlines Ejected for 'Pungent' Odor

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A Nigerian woman was kicked off a United Airlines plane after a white passenger complained she smelled bad, a lawsuit claims.

The Nigerian said the employee of the airline then went back on the plane and escorted her two children off.

According to the Washington Post, the family boarding a flight 2 years ago from Houston to San Francisco, the second leg of their flight which started from Lagos and still had another to go, when the incident happened.

According to the lawsuit, Obioma boarded the plane and found a while male passenger sitting in her assigned business class seat, from which he refused to move. Later but before takeoff, Obioma went to use the bathroom and when she returned, the same passenger was allegedly standing in the aisle blocking her from returning to her seat.

"She politely informed the white male that he was occupying her assigned seat but he ignored her", according to the suit.

"At that point Ms. Obioma was lost, confused and disoriented".

She had reportedly said "excuse me" 3 times, and eventually had to squeeze past several minutes later after the man refused to move out of the way.

"Ms. Obioma asked (the flight attendant) what "pungent" meant and he answered that she smelled. She sobbed uncontrollably for a long time".

The woman and her family made their connection after the five-hour delay.


The mom was Traveling out of Nigeria to Canada, where her kids attend school.

The lawsuit alleges that United Airlines discriminated against Obioma and her children during the incident March 4, 2016, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston because they were black.

A similar case of what can only be described as racism took place only last week at Yale University.

Lolade Siyonbola who is a post graduate student of African Studies at the university narrated how she was having a nap at the Yale University's common room when a White student she identifies as Sarah Braasch called the campus Police to come and arrest her.

Lolade Siyonbola reads a book through a microphone.

She explained that the encounter wasn't the first she has experienced from her co-student Sarah.

"Continue. Get my good side", replied Lolade Siyonbola who also gave responding police officers a headache while they tried to verify her identity.

As she was putting her carry-on luggage away, Obiama noticed the man head to the cockpit, where he spoke with the pilot.

It was gathered that Lolade Siyonbola presented her ID, ensuring a peaceful departure by police officers who urged her to have a good night.

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