Ryanair criticised over footage of passenger racially abusing woman

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The footage was recorded on October 19 on Ryanair flight FR015 from Barcelona to London Stansted by Kent resident David Lawrence who uploaded it on to social media.

However, the Ryanair crew chose not to remove the man from the flight, despite him aggressively racially abusing the woman.

Lawrence told BBC Radio 5 Live how the situation began: "Everything was calm, we were getting ready to take off".

"That was what got my attention as it was very loud and very aggressive".

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.

But he replied: "I don't care whether she's f****** disabled or not, if I tell her to get out she gets out".

This video below contains language some people may find offensive.

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

One passenger sitting behind the victim attempted to intervene and tell the man to be quiet as cabin crew appeared unsure how to control the situation.

Even though a few passengers call for the man to be removed from the flight, flight attendants let him stay, only telling the man he is being "super rude" and asking him to calm down.

The airline has faced criticism for not removing the passenger from the flight.

On Twitter, Ryanair asserted: "We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police".

The woman was allowed to move seats eventually, but her daughter told HuffPost UK: "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".

She said that when she had complained to cabin crew they denied hearing any racial slurs and they told her to ring customer services on Monday.

I am so depressed. "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".

Throughout the video, the man refers to both the woman's skin colour and accent in derogatory terms.

The woman's 53-year-old daughter told the Huffington Post that they were returning from a holiday created to cheer her mother up, a year after the death of her father.

"They've reported it to the police only after the media explosion, it's been two days".

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".

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