We often see the political elite take their station in life to the extreme when it comes to social settings and things that most normal people would have a bit more manners and compassion on. Recent reports indicate that another such situation of abuse of social standing was committed against a woman just trying to catch a flight. Jean-Marie Simon was simply minding her own business while she traveled from Houston to Guatemala when suddenly she was informed that she was being bumped from her flight on United Airlines.
When Simon was eventually let onto the plane to board she noticed a pretty prominent face occupying her original seat. The seat thief was none other than Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
According to The Independent Journal Review :
A woman recently claimed that United Airlines bumped her from her seat and gave it to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) instead.
United Airlines strongly denied that was the case, and in order to clear up any misgivings with the bumped passenger, Jean-Marie Simon, they awarded her a $500 voucher toward her next flight.
Simon told the Houston Chronicle that United claimed she canceled her flight via its mobile app. Simon denies this.
She was leaving Houston for Guatemala, but first had to stop in Washington, D.C. She already had her boarding pass, but the flight was delayed an hour because of inclement weather. When it was finally time to board, the attendant told her that her ticket had been canceled.
“It was just so completely humiliating,” Simon says.
Simon was eventually able to board, and then she saw Jackson Lee in her seat. Needless to say she was baffled and upset. She took a picture to tweet, and it almost got her removed from the flight completely. She didn’t name the other congressman, but she claims she was told that Jackson Lee does this sort of thing often.
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) in seat 1A the one I paid for dearly, and the one United gave to her without my consent or knowledge! Fellow congressman on same flight said she does it repeatedly. @united pic.twitter.com/Q2c6u6B0Yp
— Jean-Marie Simon (@JeanMarieSimon1) December 23, 2017
Jackson Lee gave a statement to the Houston Chronicle as well, claiming that she is in fact the victim in this situation because she is African-American.
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 woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice. This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people. But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry.
Jackson Lee went on to add, “I asked for nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary and received nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary.”
Merry Christmas, and welcome to America, where everyone is free, but some people are freer than others.
United claimed that Simon originally canceled her own ticket via their smartphone app, yet they still allowed her to board the very same flight and they provided her with a $500 voucher for her next flight? That seems a bit much for someone who supposedly canceled their own flight!
Of course Rep Lee would then go on the whole racism bend to proclaim her own innocence even though it is widely known in her area that she often rushes to the airport last minute and uses her political power to have someone removed from a flight to appease her own lack of planning. The complaint from Simon had nothing to do with color and everything to do with abuse of social standards.
Simon had every right to be upset that her seat was taken without good cause. It isn’t like Lee had a pressing situation like a death in the family. No, she simply didn’t want to plan her flight like other people are required to do. It is becoming a disgusting practice for certain political figures to do whatever they please regardless of the rules and social etiquette, and if they are questioned they claim racism on the part of the one questioning them.
Will it ever end?