Passengers intervene after man attacks woman on plane in vile racist rant

Ryanair issue statement on video of racial abuse incident on one of their planes

The woman, who was being shouted at by a white man sat next to her on the flight, was called an "ugly, black bastard" and was later asked to move while the man who was shouting the abuse remained in his seat. "It is the man complaining that should be moved though not the woman". "He started to shout at the woman, saying 'get out of the way, ' 'move your feet, ' 'you shouldn't be sitting here'".

In the footage cabin crew appear to be doing little initially to stop the man's tirade, with a passenger in the row behind him telling him to stop the abuse.

In the film - viewed on Facebook more than 1.8 million times - the man can be heard being racially abusive to the woman and threatening to "push" her to another seat.

She said she took her mum, who migrated to the United Kingdom from Jamaica in the 1960s, on holiday to mark the anniversary of her mother's husband's death.

Many people said Ryanair should have removed the man from the flight and threatened to boycott the airline.

Image: A male passenger leaned over to intervene during the row. According to the BBC, the discount European airline said it will ban passengers who behave like he did. Gayle has arthritis and was slow to stand up from her aisle seat when the man wanted to get to his window seat.

Essex Police said on Sunday: "This incident, which we were made aware of this morning, is believed to have taken place on a plane at Barcelona Airport".

At the beginning of the video, the 77-year-old woman's daughter can be heard telling the man that her mother is disabled.

'My parents were married over 50 years.

I am so depressed.

"Mum's really feeling upset and very stressed about this situation, on top of the grief that she's already experiencing. 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".

Mrs. Gayle's daughter said that the flight attendants denied hearing any racist slurs during the argument and told the two to make a complaint with customer service on Monday.

A number of politicians voiced their concern at the incident.

Mr Lawrence said flight attendants failed to eject him from the flight.

The MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, tweeted: "This is really appalling Ryanair".

'However well done to passenger with black t-shirt that intervened £hero'.

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

"Essex Police takes prejudice-based crime seriously, and we want all incidents to be reported", the police told the BBC.

Ryan released a statement today saying that they were aware of the video and had reported it to United Kingdom police.

"We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation".

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