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Another allegation of passenger mistreatment on a United Airlines flight

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dcp123

Not having smelled her and not being able to read the minds of those who decided to eject her, it's hard for me to know whether her removal was justified or motivated by racism.

What I CAN say with absolute certainty is that the white passenger who took her seat, refused to move, and physically blocked her from returning to her seat (assuming those allegations are basically true) should have been ejected. I can also say with certainty that if a black man acted in such an aggressive manner to a white woman in Houston, he would have been ejected and quite likely arrested, although probably not shot (it's hard to convince yourself a black man has a gun if that black man has just passed through a TSA security check).

Kremilek2

I find the whole story completely absurd. She was indeed probably malodorous and that was the reason why she was expelled from the fligh. The question is if it was an appropriate reaction and if the matter could not be settled in a different way (like using some parfums to beat over the smell). I don't think that it has anything to do with a racism.

dcp123 in reply to Kremilek2

It's remarkable that you know so much about this woman's odor without having been there. What was it about this Nigerian woman clued you in to her bad smell?
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FYI, many Asians find white people, particularly white men, like me and probably you, a bit ripe.

Kremilek2 in reply to dcp123

I don't think that people are racist in their nature so I speculate that there was something particular in her smell what irritated them. I can imagine that Nigerian odor may be exceptional for people not to use to it.

ProgsCon

It is good to see that The Economist is allocating valuable reporting resources to articles about something that happened two years ago in a he said/she said situation of potentially stinky travelers.

I can read stuff like this all day long in the NYTimes. If I keep seeing 'important' articles like this in The Economist, I think I will just keep only my NYTimes subscription and cancel this one.