Scores of people declared a boycott against Ryanair, a Dublin-based budget airline, over the weekend after video of an apparently racist confrontation on a recent flight surfaced on the internet.
David Lawrence, a U.K. resident, filmed the video last Thursday before the departure of Ryanair flight FR9015 from Barcelona, Spain, to the Stansted Airport in London. The video shows a white man yelling because he doesn’t want to sit next to an elderly black woman. Another woman who appears to be the elderly woman’s daughter scolded the man for yelling at the woman and asked him to “give her a chance!”
A male flight attendant tried to defuse the situation and asked the woman if she wanted to sit somewhere else, to which she initially refused. As the confrontation continued, the man called his seatmate an “ugly black bastard” and yelled, “Don’t talk to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow!” He also threatened the woman with violence: “I’ll tell you this,” the man told her. “If you don’t go to another seat, I’ll put you into another seat.”
The woman eventually asked if she could go to her daughter.