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A woman received an apology from United Airlines after a snafu involving a well-known Democratic congresswoman, Jon Scott reported.

Jean-Marie Simon, 63, said she prepared to board her flight home to Washington from George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, but was told her reservation had somehow been cancelled.

A photograph later surfaced of Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sitting in what was reportedly supposed to be Simon's window seat.

Scott said Simon accused the airline of giving her seat away to Jackson Lee, and that United instead offered her a spot in Economy Plus.

The airline apologized Monday and gave Simon a $500 travel voucher.

United said it automatically upgraded Jackson Lee's seat, but not because of her position in Congress.

Jackson Lee's office said the 67-year-old congresswoman did not ask for exceptional treatment or "anything out of the ordinary."

"I noted that this individual came toward me and took a picture. I heard later that she might have said “I know who she is.” 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," Jackson Lee said.

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