LONDON (Reuters) – British police are investigating after footage of a person shouting racist abuse at an aged black girl on a Ryanair flight went viral over the weekend, with the airline dealing with criticism over the way it handled the incident.
The unidentified man insulted her after complaining that she had inconvenienced him as he tried to succeed in his seat aboard .
“Don’t talk to me in a fucking foreign language you stupid ugly cow,” the person tells the lady earlier than a person within the row behind asks him to cease.
“I will carry on as long as I can with this ugly black bastard,” he retorts.
Ryanair stated that they have been conscious of the matter and had reported it to the police. The airline’s chief monetary officer declined to touch upon the story.
“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,” the police stated in an announcement.
The video was taken by one other passenger whereas the aircraft was ready to take off from Barcelona to London Stansted airport on Friday.
After the argument, the lady was finally moved from her seat. A flight attendant seems to inform the person he’ll focus on the incident along with his supervisor, however the passenger is left in his place.
“I’ve seen airlines ground to a halt, and police called, and passengers escorted off of planes for less,” David Lawrence, who recorded the video, informed BBC Radio.
The police investigation comes because the Irish low-cost service, Europe’s largest, introduced on Monday a 7 % fall in earnings within the first six months of the yr. Ryanair has been grappling with the impression of current strikes, excessive gas prices and intense competitors.
Britain’s home secretary resigned earlier this yr over the treatment of some Caribbean “Windrush” migrants who have been invited to Britain after World War Two however have been left with out paperwork and denied primary rights, a scandal that highlighted persistent racial inequalities in British society.
Lawrence added that the lady, who he’s in contact with, was from the Windrush era, and that the frequency of such racist abuse made individuals numb to it.
“If the roles had been reversed, if that was a black man abusing an elderly, disabled white woman, I know that the outcome would have been completely different,” he stated.
Reporting by Alistair Smout; Additional reporting by Conor Humphries in Dublin; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Raissa Kasolowsky