Ryanair is facing threats of a boycott for apparently failing to remove an unruly racist passenger from a flight after the man was caught on video verbally abusing an elderly black woman in her 70s, according to a BBC News report.
In a video uploaded to Facebook, now viewed more than 3.7 million times, the man can be heard being racially abusive to the woman and threatening to “push” her to another seat.
“Don’t talk to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow,” he can be heard shouting at her.
The man can also be heard cursing the woman calling her an “ugly black b*stard.”
Her daughter has 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.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the daughter of the 77-year-old woman explained that the incident started because her mother has arthritis and it took some time for her to move out of the way for the man to get into his seat.
She said her mother was returning from a trip honoring her husband who died one year ago.
“I know that if I was behaving like he was – or any other black person for that matter – police would have been called and we would have been kicked off the flight,” she said.
She added: “Mum’s really feeling upset and very stressed about this situation, on top of the grief she’s already experiencing. As for me, I’m upset about the whole thing too – the fact that the passenger wasn’t taken off the plane and how the situation was dealt with.”
David Lawrence, who filmed the verbal attack, told the BCC: “Everything was calm, we were getting ready to take off. And then a man came on board and arrived at his seat, then spoke very harshly to a woman sitting in the aisle seat.”
“That was what got my attention as it was very loud and very aggressive. He started to shout at the woman, saying ‘get out of the way’, ‘move your feet’, ‘you shouldn’t be sitting here’.”
“He pushed past the woman and went to his seat,” he said, adding that what’s seen in the video then unfolded – describing it as the “most disgusting exchange of racial slurs and foul language”.
The incident occurred on Friday during a flight from Barcelona to Stansted on Ryanair, according to the BBC.
The matter has been referred to Essex Police.