Racist Ryanair passenger 'could get away' with tirade at woman he called 'ugly black b*****d'; Labour MP Karl Turner says Ryanair 'spectacularly failed' by refusing to kick the unruly passenger off its Barcelona to Stansted Airport flight.
A Ryanair passenger who launched a racist tirade 'may get away with it' because the budget airline wanted to get the plane off the ground, a Labour MP has claimed.
The man was filmed calling the elderly passenger a "ugly black b*****d" - as well as shouting "don't talk to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow".
The shocking incident was captured on October 19 on Ryanair flight FR015 from Barcelona to London Stansted by Kent resident David Lawrence who uploaded it to social media.
Shadow Transport Minister Karl Turner says Ryanair crew 'failed spectacularly' after forcing the woman to move seat instead of kicking the racist man off the aeroplane.
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The East Hull MPwrote on Twitter: "Suspect the pressure to turn this aircraft around quickly and get it airborne meant that they have allowed this alleged offender to remain on the aircraft. He may now get away with it."
Turner, who is a qualified barrister, says the incident is not covered by UK law because it happened before the plane took off.
"@Ryanair failure to deplane the alleged racist offender, handing him over to the Spanish authorities probably means that he isn't now prosecuted."
He added: 'Unfortunately because @Ryanair is registered in Dublin not in the UK the alleged offence could only be tried by UK authorities if it was "in flight" to the UK. Section 92(1) Civil Aviation Act s.92(4) defines 'in flight'.
"If this incident had have happened on an alternative airline under "British Control" or it was already "in flight" to the UK the prosecuting authorities could have prosecuted."
The row apparently broke out after the elderly woman was unable to move out of her aisle seat quickly enough to let the bully sit down in his window seat.
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It shows the man shouting at the woman to move seats while her daughter tries to stand up to him, telling him her mother is disabled.
He replies: "I don't care whether shes f******g disabled or not - if I tell her to get out she gets out".
The man then calls her "an ugly f*****g c***" and tells staff to move the woman to another seat, adding: "If you don't go to another seat, I'll push you to another seat".
Cabin crew can be heard asking the man to calm down and stop being rude and asking the elderly woman if she would like to be moved to another seat, while other passengers call for him to be removed.
The victim can be heard telling the bully he stinks and needs a wash, before eventually asking to be moved so she can sit next to her daughter.
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One man wearing black T-shirt sat behind the pair became so concerned that he stood up and used his hands to separate the pair, repeatedly telling the angry man to stop being so abusive.
"Stop. There's no need for that at all," he tells the shouting man. "Just stop. Take it easy. Stop, please."
He was praised by formerSNPMP Margaret Ferrier, who took toTwitterto share her shock at the video.
"Just watched the shocking footage on a Ryanair aircraft, utterly disgusting," she wrote.
"Racist male passenger should have been put off flight before it departed. Flight attendant incapable of responding appropriately.
"However, well done to passenger with black t-shirt that intervened #hero."
Ryanair have refused to comment further about the incident as the matter is now in police hands.
A spokeswoman for 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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