Ryanair is facing criticism after a video posted online apparently shows the airline’s crew failing to take action to remove a passenger who launched a racist tirade against a fellow traveler.
Video of the racist incident, uploaded to social media by Briton David Lawrence, showed a man hurling racist insults at an elderly black woman sitting in the same row and demanding she move seats on-board a flight from Barcelona to London on Friday.
It wasn’t clear what had prompted the quarrel. Lawrence told ITV the man abused both the woman and her daughter, but flight attendants failed to eject him from the flight.
In the video, the man can be heard to call her an “ugly cow” and tells her not to speak to him in a “foreign language.” He also called the woman an “ugly black bastard,” according to the Huffington Post. Some consumers called for a boycott of the budget airline.
The elderly woman eventually said she wanted to sit next to her daughter, and moved into another row. The video has been viewed more than 4.7 million times on Facebook.
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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press