Ryanair decision not to remove racist passenger from flight sparks outrage

- A Monitor Report 22 Oct, 2018 | 6429 Views|-+
LONDON: Customers have threatened to boycott Ryanair after airline staff failed to remove a racially abusive man from a flight from Barcelona to London.

Ryanair has sparked outrage after apparently failing to remove a passenger from a plane after he launched a racist tirade against the black woman in the seat next to white man.

The incident took place on Ryanair flight 9015 with service from Barcelona–El Prat Airport, Spain to London Stansted Airport on October 19 who hurled racist epithets and explicit derogatory language at an elderly black woman.

A footage of racist tirade against the woman in the seat next to a white man calling a woman an “ugly black bastard” on the flight has sparked outrage and has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook.

David Lawrence, one of the passengers on the flight, filmed the incident while the aircraft was still at the gate in Barcelona. The video depicts a disgruntled male passenger expressing his frustration after the woman was unable to move out of her aisle seat quickly enough to let the man sit down in his window seat. Her daughter tells him her mother is disabled.

The man calls her a “black dog” and “ugly black bastard” among other racist vulgarities. Passengers are stunned but try to get the man to stop. He continues calling her names and then threatens that if she doesn’t go to another seat, he will “push her.”

He insists that they must move her. She says she wants to talk to her daughter. Ryanair flight attendants appear to do little to silence the man during the footage, leaving a passenger in the row behind to try and deal with the situation.

The cabin crew can be heard to say: “Don’t be so rude, you have to calm down” while other passengers call for the man to be thrown off the flight.

The budget airline later tweeted that it was aware of the video and had reported the incident to Essex Police.

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