The once-friendly skies just keep getting nastier.
A Manhattan socialite whose pals include first daughter Tiffany Trump
is suing United Airlines saying she was traveling to London last year
when she was yanked out of business class by an attendant, cursed at
and ultimately forced into a middle seat in the back of the plane.
Karen Shiboleth, the Instagram-loving daughter of wealthy New York
lawyers, was headed to the UK from Newark Liberty International
at Kings College on Sept. 10, 2016.
used American Express points plus $500 in fees to upgrade to an
economy plus seat. Finally, when she was at the airport, she upgraded
again, forking over an additional $1,150 for business class seat 1B.
The 24-year-old, whose mother was general counsel to Revlon, says she
paid the extra money to be near the front of the plane because she was
Shiboleth, who has over 15,000 Instagram followers, regularly jets out
of town to ritzy locals like Aspen, Co. and Miami Beach, FL. Her
plane, the Manhattan civil suit says.
vacate her seat in United BusinessFirst and move to the back of the
Shiboleth says Daly initially refused to identify herself, covering up
her name tag when the passenger tried to look. She was shocked by
the business class cabin, the suit says.
When Shiboleth protested and showed her ticket for the first-row seat,
The flight attendants later apologized for the incident, but Shiboleth
was only offered a $750 voucher. She had paid over $3,000 for the
business class seat, the suit says.
with a great travel experience. We are aware of the filing and
reviewing it, but due to pending litigation we are unable to comment
The airline has been struggling to recover from a public relations
disaster after a video surfaced of a passenger being bloodied and
dragged out of his seat on a flight from Chicago on April 9.