Ryanair under fire over racist incident on flight

22 October, 2018, 03:08 | Author: Regina Silva

However, the Ryanair crew chose not to remove the man from the flight, despite him aggressively racially abusing the woman.

David Lawrence, a United Kingdom resident, filmed the incident last Thursday.

Mr Lawrence said it was a "horrible, frightful situation" and that he was "shocked" that Ryanair "allowed something like this just to go unchecked". "It is the man complaining that should be moved though not the woman".

"That was what got my attention as it was very loud and very aggressive".

"She's disabled, don't you dare shout at her", one woman can be heard saying at the start of the footage, when the incident was already underway.

The woman tries to respond and a flight attendant can be seen trying to calm the situation.

Gayle's daughter told HuffPost U.K. that she had taken her 77-year-old mother on vacation to cheer her up on the one-year anniversary of her husband's death. Lawrence told ITV the man abused both the woman and her daughter, but flight attendants failed to eject him from the flight.

In a sickening tirade, he also calls her a "a stupid ugly cow" and an "ugly black bastard". "You need a wash".

One posted: "After the black woman was verbally assaulted, dehumanized, moved. the flight attendant took it a step further and went back to console the abuser".

He later adds: "I will carry on as far as I can with this ugly, black b******".

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Witnesses claim the incident began because the man was angry with her for not moving out of her seat quickly enough so he could reach his window seat.

The incident, on a flight from Barcelona to Stansted on Friday, was recorded by a fellow passenger and shared on social media.

Since the video aired, Ryanair has felt a lot of kickback on social media.

"We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police", the airline said in a statement and tweet.

The argument started because her mother - a member of the Windrush generation who came to the United Kingdom in the 1960s - has arthritis so it took her some time to move out of the way so the man could reach the window seat."I know that if I was behaving like he was, or any other black person for that matter, police would have been called and we would have been kicked off the flight", she said.

She added that cabin crew denied hearing racist slurs and told her to ring customer services on Monday.

Other politicians are also calling for action from Ryanair, including shadow minister Karl Turner. "As for me, I'm upset about the whole thing too-the fact that the passenger wasn't taken off the plane and how the situation was dealt with".

The argument started because her mother - a member of the Windrush generation who came to the United Kingdom in the 1960s - has arthritis so it took her some time to move out of the way so the man could reach the window seat.

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 will never fly with Ryanair again".

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