Pensioner 'depressed' after racial abuse on Ryanair flight

Lloyd Doyle
October 22, 2018

The crew asked the 77-year-old if she wanted to move to another seat, not moving the man away from her.

David Lawrence, a United Kingdom resident, filmed the incident last Thursday.

Fellow passengers and a flight attendant try to defuse the situation as the man's tirade continues. This is when Lawrence's video appears to begin.

The woman's daughter told Huffington Post that her mother was visibly upset from the incident.

He replies: 'I don't care whether she's f****** disabled or not - if I tell her to get out she gets out'.

"He pushed past the woman and went to his seat", Lawrence said, adding that the rest of the video features the "most disgusting exchange of racial slurs and foul language".

However the man responds: "Don't talk to me in a f****** foreign language you stupid ugly cow".

Commenting on Facebook, one woman said: 'Glad to see the man behind them intervened. "You need a wash".

The cabin crew can be heard to say: "Don't be so rude, you have to calm down" while other passengers call for the man to be thrown off the flight.


Lawrence, the passenger who captured the video, and many angry viewers including several MPs, are criticizing Ryanair for failing to protect their passenger by stopping the torrent of abuse sooner.

Social media users have expressed outrage at the clip, which shows Ryanair staff failing to reprimand the customer or remove him from the plane.

In a short statement posted on Twitter Sunday morning, Ryanair wrote: "We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police".

It shows the man calling the woman an "ugly, black bastard", and saying that if she didn't move to another seat he would "push" her to another one.

In a shocking series of events, the man can be heard calling Mrs Gayle an "ugly black bast**d", while crew members looked on.

A number of politicians voiced their concern at Ryanair's apparent lack of action. She's been feeling really down and depressed, so I thought the trip would raise her spirits'. "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".

According to HuffPost UK, the woman was returning from a holiday organised by her daughter to cheer her up ahead of the first anniversary of her husband's death.

Ryanair said the matter was now in the hands of police.

The report states that she was seated elsewhere after the altercation and that the incident was reported to police who are investigating.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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