Outrage after shocking footage shows elderly passenger racially abused on Ryanair flight

Outrage after shocking footage shows elderly passenger racially abused on Ryanair flight

A VIDEO appearing to show an elderly woman being subjected to racist abuse on a Ryanair flight has drawn widespread condemnation.

Ryanair says it has reported the matter to police but the airline has been criticised for not removing the abusive passenger.

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.


The video was recorded on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to London Stansted on Friday.

After a row over seating involving the woman’s daughter, who was sat in another part of the plane, the man in the window seat can be seen loudly shouting at the elderly woman in the aisle seat of the row.

Indicating the seat between them, he can be heard saying: “I hope somebody sits there because I don’t want to sit next to your ugly f****** face.”

After threatening to ‘push’ her to another seat, the woman replies quietly.

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

When another passenger asks the man to stop, he replies: “I will carry on for as long as I can with this ugly black b******.”


In a statement, Ryanair said: “We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police.”

They added that as it was a police matter, they were unable to comment further.

However MPs and other high-profile figures have condemned the incident, with some saying the airline should have removed the man.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, described Ryanair as ‘horrific’ while Hull MP Karl Turner said he would be writing to the airline and Aviation Minister Liz Sugg.

In a statement to BBC News, 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.”