Kansas City mom says she was forced to pee in cup on United flight

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A Kansas City mom says she was humiliated and shamed after she was allegedly forced to pee in a cup on a United flight. 

Nicole Harper tells KCTV she had to go to the bathroom, and flight attendants handed her a plastic cup. She claims the attendants shamed her and told her they would report her.

Harper, a mother of two, has an overactive bladder. She was heading home from Houston with her family when she really had to use the restroom.

“I'll just get up and go to the bathroom really quick and go back to my seat,” Harper told KCTV.

She says a flight attendant told her to sit down.

“They started doing drink service other people getting up at this point,” she said.

She was ready for her turn when flight attendants told her the pilot was expecting turbulence. Harper told the flight attendant she needed to use the restroom and it was urgent.

“She told me very rudely it was not allowed to get out of my seat,” she said.

Harper weighed her options, saying that she would need the cup. 

Harper was wearing a dress and says she filled two cups with the help of her husband.

“I was thinking I was on candid camera or being punked at this point,” she said. 

Harper says a flight attendant came back and told her to stand up and go empty her cups in the bathroom.

“She was basically reprimanding me and talking down to me through the aisle with other people listening,” she said. “There was just no customer service, no compassion.”

United Airlines issued the following statement:

Customer safety is always our first priority. Initial reports from the Mesa Airlines flight attendants indicate that Ms. Harper attempted to visit the lavatory on descent and was instructed to remain seated with the seat belt fastened per FAA regulations. At no point during the flight did flight attendants suggest that Ms. Harper use cups instead of the lavatory. We have reached out to Ms. Harper to better understand what occurred.

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