Black woman forced to move after white passenger's racist rant (Ryanair)
THIS sickening footage shows a Ryanair passenger unleashing a vile torrent of racist abuse at an elderly woman sitting next to him.
The disturbing video shows a white man directing horrific bile towards a black woman sitting one seat apart from him as other passengers board the plane from Barcelona to London Stansted.
The bully is seen prodding the empty space between them, shouting at crew to "put her in another seat".
He yells: "I tell you what, I hope someone sits there because I don't want to sit next to your ugly face, your ugly f****** face."
When the woman tries to respond to him in a quiet voice, he shouts: "Don't talk to me in a f*****g foreign language you stupid ugly cow".
He later adds: "I will carry on as far as I can with this ugly, black b******."
A passenger sitting behind them then leans over them to try to intervene, telling him to keep his voice down and adding: "There's no need for that at all, just stop."
Others also join the fray, with one telling cabin crew: "You have to move this lady" and to "Throw him off the flight, get rid of him."
Finally a cabin crew member approaches the man, telling him to "calm down" before the terrified woman is led to a different seat.
Tens of thousands of people have viewed the row after fellow passenger David Lawrence filmed the dispute on flight FR9015 on Friday afternoon.
The victim's daughter revealed to the HuffPost UK that the dispute started because her mother's arthritis meant it took some time to move out of the way for the man to reach the window seat.
She had taken her mum, a Windrush Generation migrant who came to the UK from Jamaica in the 1960s, on a holiday to mark the one year anniversary since her father's passing.
"My parents were married over 50 years," she said. "She's been feeling really down and depressed, so I thought the trip would raise her spirits."
The 53-year-old added: "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."
Ryanair released a short statement on Twitter stating they were "aware" of the video and had reported the matter to Essex Police.
MPs were among those who expressed outrage at Ryanair's apparent inaction.
David Lammy tweeted: "Ok boycott @Ryanair if they think it’s ok for a racist man to abuse an elderly black woman and remain on the plane.
"It’s 63 years since Rosa Parks said “No" to sitting on the back of the Bus and we ain’t going back."
Other social media users criticised how the woman, rather than the man, had been made to swap seats.
Christine Beresford wrote: "Glad to see the man behind them intervened. It is the man complaining that should be moved though not the woman."
While Shirley-ann Stretton added: "What a joke the cabin crew member should have gone straight to the captain and got the racist b****** took off the flight."
Essex Police said: "This incident, which we were made aware of this morning, is believed to have taken place on a plane at Barcelona Airport.
"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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