United Airlines is in the hot seat once again due to a former NBA player suing the airline over what he says was an obvious race-baiting incident involving a flight attendant who refused to let him sit in an empty exit row with his son, even after a fellow passenger offered to switch seats with him.
Former Utah Jazz player Eric Murdock has launched a $10 million lawsuit against United Airlines along with another customer for what he says was an obvious race-baiting incident. The fight in question was from Newark to Las Vegas in July. Murdock asked a flight attendant if he and his son – who was seated in a different row – could sit together in the empty exit row.
According to the lawsuit, reported by the New York Post, the flight attendant said “no” because it was a premium seat, which cost more. Another passenger, ticketed for that row, eventually boarded and offered to switch seats with Murdock, who had accepted and was allegedly ordered back to his seat by the flight attendant.
Thirty minutes later, the lawsuit says, the white flight attendant allowed a white woman to sit in the exit row and would not explain why to Murdock, who is black. Another black passenger, Brenda Williams, saw the incident and asked the flight attendant why she was being so rude to Murdock. The lawsuit states that the flight attendant then began shouting at Williams and tried to steal her phone.
Williams and Murdock were escorted off the plane and questioned immediately after it landed. They were released without any charges.