Ryanair is facing growing criticism after one of their passengers unleashed a furious, racist tirade at an elderly disabled woman – before the victim was moved to another seat while the abuser was allowed to continue his journey.
The man was filmed by a fellow passenger calling the woman an "ugly black b*****d" – as well as shouting "don’t talk to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow".
The budget airline has now said the man has been reported to Essex police following the aggressive incident on Friday.
The row apparently broke out after the elderly woman was unable to move out of her aisle seat quickly enough to let the bully sit down in his window seat.
It shows the man shouting at the woman to move seats while her daughter tries to stand up to him, telling him her mother is disabled.
He replies: "I don’t care whether shes f******g disabled or not – if I tell her to get out she gets out".
The man then calls her "an ugly f*****g c***" and tells staff to move the woman to another seat, adding: "If you don’t go to another seat, I’ll push you to another seat".
Cabin crew can be heard asking the man to calm down and stop being rude and asking the elderly woman if she would like to be moved to another seat, while other passengers call for him to be removed.
The victim can be heard telling the bully he stinks and needs a wash, before eventually asking to be moved so she can sit next to her daughter.
One man wearing black T-shirt sat behind the pair became so concerned that he stood up and used his hands to separate the pair, repeatedly telling the angry man to stop being so abusive.
"Stop. There’s no need for that at all," he tells the shouting man. "Just stop. Take it easy. Stop, please."
He was praised by former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier, who took to Twitter to share her shock at the video.
"Just watched the shocking footage on a Ryanair aircraft, utterly disgusting," she wrote.
"Racist male passenger should have been put off flight before it departed. Flight attendant incapable of responding appropriately.
"However, well done to passenger with black t-shirt that intervened #hero."
In an interview with the Huffington Post on Sunday, the victim’s daughter said her 77-year-old mother is a member of the Windrush generation who was on the way back from a holiday to mark the first anniversary of her husband’s death.
The footage was recorded on Ryanair flight FR015 from Barcelona to London Stanstead on October 19 by UK resident David Lawrence, who uploaded it to Facebook with the caption ‘share & shame’.
The same video has been retweeted 23,000 times after it was uploaded onto Twitter by user @StanceGrounded.
Several other politicians have expressed concern at Ryanair’s reaction to the incident.
Labour MP for East Hull and shadow Attorney General Karl Turner tweeted: "He should have been removed from the flight and handed over to the police.
"We assume the aircraft was in the UK. If it was he definitely committed criminal offences. I fully expect Ryanair to confirm the situation if in fact it was their flight."
MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde Stuart McMillan posted: "This is really appalling Ryanair . You will know the identity of the man and the level of training given to your staff."
Broadcaster Jeremy Vine also joined the criticism, tweeting: "If this is Ryanair, they need to explain how this man’s disgusting racial abuse of the black lady in the seat next to him ends up with HER being asked to move. It is beyond belief."
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."
Essex police said: "Essex police takes prejudice-based crime seriously and we want all incidents to be reported.
"We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation."
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