Calls To Boycott Ryanair As 'Racist' Passenger Referred To Police

Calls To Boycott Ryanair As 'Racist' Passenger Referred To Police

The video, uploaded to social media by Briton David Lawrence, showed a man hurling racist insults at an elderly black woman sitting in the aisle seat of the same row and demanding she move seats onboard a flight from Barcelona to London on Friday. "He started to shout at the woman, saying "get out of the way", "move your feet", "you shouldn't be sitting here". Another passenger, along with many who have viewed the video since then, questioned why the man was allowed to remain on the flight.

The man, sitting in the window seat, began insulting the woman when she took too long to move on the October 19 Barcelona to London flight.

According to HuffPost UK, the woman was returning from a holiday organised by her daughter to cheer her up ahead of the first anniversary of her husband's death.

Despite both crew and other passengers intervening and telling the man to "stop", he refuses.

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

Lawrence, the passenger who captured the video, and many angry viewers including several MPs, are criticizing Ryanair for failing to protect their passenger by stopping the torrent of abuse sooner.

Critics of the incident and how it was handled said the man should have been removed - rather than the woman herself moving seats.

A spokesperson for Ryanair told RT that the incident has been reported to Essex Police, but did not comment on the airline's policy for protecting passengers from racism or verbal abuse.

Mrs. Gayle's daughter tries to explain to the man that her mother has arthritis which hinders her ability to move quickly.

'My parents were married over 50 years.

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Her daughter told the news site that if a black person had behaved in the same way they would have been thrown off the flight immediately.

"Mum's really feeling upset and very stressed about this situation, on top of the grief that she's already experiencing".

The decision to move the victim faced a barrage of criticism online after the footage was shared across social media.

She 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.

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

"Flight attendant incapable of responding appropriately".

The MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, tweeted: "This is really appalling Ryanair. However well done to passenger with black t-shirt that intervened (sic)".

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

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

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

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