VIDEO: Ryanair criticised for inaction over racist incident on plane

VIDEO: Ryanair criticised for inaction over racist incident on plane

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Ryanair are facing criticism that it did little to prevent a male passenger from racially abusing a 77-year-old woman.

 

Budget airline, Ryanair, has been criticised for apparently failing to remove a male passenger from a flight after he racially abused a woman in her 70s.

 

Video posted on Facebook shows the man threatening to “push” an elderly black woman onto another seat on the flight from Barcelona to London Stansted on Friday.

 

The man calls Mrs Gayle, an “ugly black bastard” and said to her “Don’t talk to me in a f****** foreign language you stupid ugly cow.”

 

Although Ryanair said it “will not tolerate unruly behaviour like this”, the man was not removed from the plane.

 

In the footage, cabin crew appear to be doing little to stop the man’s tirade.

 

Mrs Gayle’s daughter told The Huffington Post the row started because her mother, 77, has arthritis and it took some time for her to move out of the way for the man to get into his seat.

 

The budget airline tweeted on Sunday that it had seen the footage and reported the incident to Essex police.

 

It added: “As this is now a police matter, we cannot comment further.”