Ryanair issue statement on video of racial abuse incident on one of their planes
The matter has been reported to the police
A video, posted on social media on Saturday, appeared to a show a white British man hurling racial abuse at a black woman while sat next to her on a Ryanair flight.
Throughout the video, the man refers to both the woman's skin colour and accent in derogatory terms. On the video, the man can be heard telling the woman: "I'll tell you this, if you don't go to another seat, I'll push you to another seat". In a sickening tirade, he also calls her a "a stupid ugly cow" and an "ugly black bastard".
This racist white man refused to sit next to an elderly black woman on a Ryanair flight.
He called her an "ugly black bastard" & threatened to push her to another seat if she didn't move to another seat.
Ryanair - DOES NOTHING!!!
UK twitter identify HIM!!!
RETWEET THIS! pic.twitter.com/70XNsvTZBg
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) October 20, 2018
Other passengers attempted to intervene, and some called for the man to be thrown off the flight. However, it is eventually the woman who moves seats. The man can then be heard telling a flight attendant: "I'm alright now she's gone".
In a short statement posted on Twitter Sunday morning, Ryanair wrote: "We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police".
Ryanair's statement does not contain any comment as to the conduct of their own employees throughout the matter, nor does it refer to the airline's policy when incidents such as these occur on board its planes.
Statement: We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) October 21, 2018
Huffington Post has reported that the incident occurred on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to London Stansted.