Originally posted by @whodey
So there was this lady who had a first class seat on an United flight, but when she tried to board, she was told that she had no ticket.
To make a long story short, they offered her a $300 voucher to just go away, but later put her in another seat that wa ...[text shortened]... gressman aboard the plane said that Congress woman Lee routinely does this. Term limits anyone?
The title of the thread is almost certainly a lie:
United Airlines has apologized and given a $500 travel voucher to a passenger who accused the airline of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Houston Democrat.
An airline spokeswoman said Monday that its internal systems show the passenger, Jean-Marie Simon, canceled her Dec. 18 seat from Houston to Washington, D.C., after a weather delay.
Simon denies that she canceled the flight. She was given a seat in Economy Plus on the flight, and told the Houston Chronicle she saw Jackson Lee sitting in the seat that was assigned to her.
United says it upgraded Jackson Lee automatically and not because she was a member of Congress. The congresswoman says in a statement that she didn't ask for anything "exceptional or out of the ordinary."
More details here:
A United Airlines representative told NBC News that Jackson Lee was not given preferential treatment because she is a member of Congress.
The passenger, whose flight was already delayed, canceled her flight using the United app, the representative said. When she arrived at the ticket counter, she had a paper ticket from when she had checked in but that was no longer valid because she canceled her flight, the representative said.
Jackson Lee has global services status with the airline and was given an upgrade, which is common for when there is an open first class seat, the representative said.
"Airline screws up" isn't a useful propaganda headline for whodey (who seems to be on the lookout for any allegation, no matter how far-fetched, against Democrats who happen to be black), so he has to come up with his own false one.