Police Investigating Man's Racist Outburst on Flight

Ivan Schwartz
October 22, 2018

Irish low-priced airline Ryanair is now facing the heat after its shoddy handling of a case of harassment on a flight from Barcelona to London.

According to a video shot by a fellow passenger, the incident took place onboard the flight on Friday after a woman was unable to move out from her seat quickly to let the man enter and sit in his window seat, reports Xinhua news agency.

The woman's daughter told The Huffington Post the argument began when her mother, who had arthritis, took some time to move out of the way for the man to get into his seat.

The 77-year-old woman's daughter came to her defence, saying: "Who are you talking to?"

Even though a few passengers call for the man to be removed from the flight, flight attendants let him stay, only telling the man he is being "super rude" and asking him to calm down.

The woman said that when she had complained to cabin crew they denied hearing any racial slurs and they told her to ring customer services on Monday.

But when the racist threatened the woman with violence, she eventually asks to be moved to a seat near her daughter, the story notes.

Ryanair told The Sun Online: "We have reported this to the police in Essex and as this is now a police matter, we can not comment further". Some consumers called for a boycott of the budget airline.

Other passengers can be heard gasping and the man from the row behind leans forward to put his arms between the man and woman.

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He told the Washington Post: "Because there was no response from the other passengers on the flight at the time, I thought, 'Okay, well, somebody needs to know what happened here.'".

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

The matter has been reported to the police.

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The racist man shouts: "I don't care whether she's f****** disabled or not-if I tell her to get out, she gets out".

"We assume the aircraft was in the UK".

He added: "I think Ryanair has failed spectacularly, because it should have been dealt with, it should have been handed over to the Spanish authorities, not least because he's committed really grotesque criminal offences".

It added: "As this is now a police matter, we can not comment further". "He suggested that we make a formal complaint to Ryanair".

Police in the United Kingdom are investigating an incident of racism that happened on a Ryanair flight.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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