Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said she was an "easy target" and alleged racism may be behind accusations she received preferential treatment on a United Airlines flight last week.
The controversy erupted after passenger Jean-Marie Simon was informed by a gate attendant that her ticket was not in the system while she was attempting to board a flight. After denying that she canceled her flight, the airline gave her a $500 voucher and reseated her in the Economy Plus section. Simon later realized Jackson Lee was sitting in her original first class seat and claimed Jackson Lee received preferential treatment.
The Texas congresswoman sent a series of Tweets on Tuesday re-posting her statement about the Dec. 18 incident, in which she said she and and a flight attendant, both African Americans, were “seemingly an easy target.”
“...as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation,” she added. “I hope one day, we will accept our collective diversity.”