The United Airlines passenger reportedly “bumped” from her first-class seat by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is firing-back at the liberal legislator; rejecting accusations that Jackson Lee was being unfairly attacked because of her race and dismissing the airline’s excuse for the ordeal.
The woman, identified as Jean-Marie Simon, is the latest individual claiming Rep. Jackson Lee unfairly took their first-class seats on flights between Houston, Texas, and the nation’s capital. The airline claims Simon targeted the lawmaker because she was an “easy target.”
“That could have been Donald Duck in my seat,” Simon, told Fox News on Thursday. “I could not see who had boarded the flight. I didn’t even know who she was.”
“At first, Simon didn’t know who was in her seat as she argued at the gate. United eventually gave her a $500 voucher and reseated her in the economy plus section,” reports Fox News. “In her original Facebook post, Simon said another Texas congressman then informed her a fellow member of the delegation was in her seat, and ‘regularly does this’ to passengers.”
Jackson Lee believes the incident was directly related to her being an African-American woman, saying, “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 with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice.”
SECURITY BREACH: Man Rides Airport BAGGAGE CAROUSEL, Sprints Towards Plane
A cell-phone yielding suspect managed to evade security at one of the nation’s most-traveled airports over the weekend, bypassing checkpoints by riding a baggage carousel into the luggage area and sprinting onto the tarmac.
The unidentified culprit caused a panic at Miami International Airport on Saturday, diving into a luggage conveyer belt near the American Airlines check-in line before emerging onto the highly restricted runway.
“Had there been a plane at that gate, this individual could have entered the plane or had access to the aircraft. This is a very restricted area, only accessible to some with very limited access, and he was able to gain access. Very concerning,” a source told the Miami Herald.
Video of the incident appeared on social media within minutes, showing the man darting onto the tarmac as security personnel struggle to subdue the suspect. It remains unclear whether the individual was carrying a weapon, or why he tried to bypass airport security.
The security breach comes just weeks before millions of Americans take to the skies during the Thanksgiving holiday break; the most heavily traveled weekend of the year.
Watch the horrifying scene above.
SHOCKER: Mike Huckabee Says Mad Maxine Can Solve Nuke Crisis in 30 Minutes
Huckabee is referring to reports that the Korean dictator murdered his half-brother Kim Jong Nam while he was traveling outside the country earlier this year. South Korea’s spy agency believes he was killed with poison while waiting at a Malaysian airport.
The governor’s comments come as the war of words between the United States and North Korea continues to escalate. Waters herself weighed-in on the escalating crisis, saying America should meet the communist nation’s demands to avoid a war on the Korean peninsula.