Friday, September 17, 2021

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Says Racism Was Part of Airline Seat Mishap

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Jean-Marie Simon – Sheila Jackson Lee

*Well the messy situation that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) finds herself in just got a little messier … because of her.

As we reported earlier, United Airlines passenger Jean-Marie Simon, a lawyer and school teacher, has accused the airline of tasking her first class seat from her and giving it to Jackson Lee because she’s a member of Congress.

In a statement shared to Twitter on Tuesday, Jackson Lee recalled the incident, explaining she got her pass and “boarded the plane in a normal process.”

“I did nothing wrong. I asked for nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary and received nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary,” she told her 50,000 Twitter followers. “I proceeded to take my seat and work on legislative issues on my way to Washington.”

The Democrat who represents Houston said after she was seated, she spotted a woman pacing up and down the aisle causing a “disruption.” She says the irate passenger, who had speaking to a black flight attendant at the time, eventually walked toward her and “took a picture.”

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“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, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice,” the congresswoman wrote.

“This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people.”

She finished her statement by saying she was pleased the airline was working to sort the matter out, “But as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation.

“I hope one day, we will accept our collective diversity.”

As we also reported, United Airlines said Simon canceled her flight from Houston to Washington with the United mobile app. Also, a spokesperson in an interview with NBC denied that Jackson Lee was given the first-class seat because she is in Congress.

Simon had attempted to board the flight — which had already been delayed — with a paper ticket, only to be told that it was no longer valid.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Simon denied canceling her flight, but noted she was given a $500 voucher and seated in the Economy Plus section.

She also denied allegations of racism, saying she had “no idea who was in my seat when I complained.”

Simon also said an airline resolution manager called to apologize, but that she wanted a hand-written apology from United.




  1. This lady is a blithering IDIOT- and it only and always about race. If she were being bumped from the flight then she would be claiming racism on the airlines part. Another example for the need to impose term limits for all the pols- Dem, Rep, Ind – ALL OF THEM. You can say Trump is an embarrassment no question, however this lady is an even bigger embarrassment to Congress as a whole.

      • Like so many issues that are important, racism like feminism, has been watered down by demagogues who highjack issues for their own perverted needs. The woman is a bully and everyone knows it and when she uses racism so loosely, she associates racism with her bad behavior. By association to stupidity, real issues get pushed into the column of general arrogance and such bad behaviors. Her comments do a great amount of harm to real issues other than her arrogant misuse of her position, which the country sees as abuse of power. Her bulling thus becomes associated with her racist rebuttal and is associated with the horse-dung that she spouts off reguarly, therefore racism is seen as the same as the rest of her oral diarrhea. A sad situation for those who REALLY take such issues as racism seriously. This person is not a credit to any just social cause, she perverts them.

  2. I wasn’t there. I don’t know if the passenger canceled her flight. I don’t know if it was a happy accident for a Congresswoman who got the lady’s first-class seat. What I do know is people who pay for a first-class ticket are not bargain shoppers. They care more about the seat than the price. Even with a voucher, if you paid for first class and end up assigned a different seat, that’s going to leave a bad taste. For this Congresswoman to then accuse the original seat holder of racism is adding insult to injury. In the wide sweep of American history, there have been far greater indignities done to African-Americans, which ought to put this dustup into perspective, but on an individual level, I have a hard time feeling any respect for a member of Congress who treats the public like this. It isn’t racism to expect what you paid for.

  3. The problem is with a member of congress who was too damned lazy to make a simple reservation. She knew when she had to return to Washington but she made no preparations in advance, clearly expecting privileged treatment. The only hint of racism was on the part of the congresswoman, who immediately assumed this had something to do with her being black. No; it wasn’t about white privilege; it was about “elite privilege.’ Elitist Jackson should not be re-elected, and I hope her party remembers this during the primaries — otherwise they will forfeit the seat to the opposition.

  4. The airline explained what happened. The original seat holder canceled her reservation. That left an open seat into which the first eligible upgrade was assigned. If anyone can suggest a more fair system please start an airline and show us how to do it. As for the disgruntled passenger who canceled her reservation – perhaps she should have been happy that the airline was able to find her any seat on that flight…? And as for the assertion that “racism” was to blame that seems a rather reactionary stance. Airline passengers routinely get upset about what they perceive as unfair seat assignments. (There may be an interesting study in entitlement attitudes here..) In any case race almost certainly had nothing to do with it.

  5. Did the lady really cancel her flight reservation and then showed up and went through security after checking her bag ? Get real ! Maybe the airline cancelled her flight for her at the request of the congresswoman ! Can the airlines PROVE that the flight was cancelled by the lawyer/teacher ? Not hard to figure out. And as far as the congresswoman is concerned, shame on you for playing the race card yet again. It does seem like you have a reputation for being an ass to work for or with in D.C., not to mention using the race card whenever it suits you.

  6. Airline backs away from statement that passenger cancelled her own ticket. ….What a surprise.
    Really I blame the airline more than the prima donna congresswoman. She is what she is, if I might use the “B” word here. I also understand that someone has got to face the racist shytstorm that Sheila Jackson Lee brings with her but let it be the people being paid to face it that face it. As Nancy would say, “just say NO!”.


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