On Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported that Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old attorney and private school teacher on her way to Washington D.C., accused United Airlines of giving her first-class seat to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. According to the Chronicle, the airline threatened to remove her from the plane for complaining and snapping a photo of the Houston congresswoman.
According to the Chronicle:
“It was just so completely humiliating,” said Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old attorney and private school teacher who used 140,000 miles on Dec. 3 to purchase the first-class tickets to take her from Washington D.C. to Guatemala and back home.
When it came time to board the last leg of her flight home from George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Dec. 18, after a roughly hour-long weather delay, Simon said the gate attendant scanned her paper ticket and told her it was not in the system.