Ryanair under fire over racist incident on flight

Marco Green
October 22, 2018

Several passengers are heard in the video demanding the man be taken off the flight.

The shocking footage, which was filmed on a flight from Barcelona to London on Friday, shows the man calling the woman an "ugly black bastard".

'Don't talk to me in a fucking foreign language you stupid ugly cow'.

Eventually the flight attendant decides to move the woman to another seat, allowing the male passenger to stay in his seat.

When another passenger asks the man to stop, he replies: "I will carry on for as long as I can with this ugly black b******".

Then, despite calls from other passengers to remove the man from the plane, he guides the woman to another seat.

A video has gone viral of the incident and features a man threatening a 77-year-old black woman with arthritis named Mrs. Gayle, who didn't move fast enough from her seat to allow the man get to his window seat.

The woman's 53-year-old daughter told the Huffington Post that they were returning from a holiday created to cheer her mother up, a year after the death of her father.

The clip shows cabin crew attempting to calm the irate passenger down as he continues to hurl racist abuse at the woman, calling her an "ugly, black b*****d".

She said she took her mum, who migrated to the United Kingdom from Jamaica in the 1960s, on holiday to mark the anniversary of her mother's husband's death. She's been feeling really down and depressed, so I thought the trip would raise her spirits'.

A number of politicians voiced their concern at Ryanair's apparent lack of action.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, described Ryanair as "horrific" while Hull MP Karl Turner said he would be writing to the airline and Aviation Minister Liz Sugg. If it was he definitely committed criminal offences. The two say they will never fly with Ryanair again.

"Flight attendant incapable of responding appropriately".

In a statement, Ryanair said: "We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police".

Essex Police told i in a statement: "This incident, which we were made aware of this morning, is believed to have taken place on a plane at Barcelona Airport".

Yet David Lawrence, who uploaded the footage to Facebook, told the BBC the budget airline's response during and after the "horrible" incident has been unacceptable.

"We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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