Ryanair passenger racism video prompts police investigation

In this file photo taken on September 21, 2017 A Ryanair plane lands at Dublin Airport on September 21, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Ryanair passenger racism video prompts police investigation

  • Ryanair are accountable for the protection of their customers and they FAILED!

DUBLIN: A viral video showing a man racially abusing an elderly passenger on a Ryanair flight has prompted widespread outrage and an investigation by British police.
The video — now viewed on Facebook more than four million times — appears to show a white man in an altercation with a black woman over seating arrangements in their row.
Despite protests from another passenger that the woman was disabled, the man can be heard threatening to push her and and calling her an “ugly black bastard” in the three minute clip.
A cabin crew member and a passenger can be seen intervening in an apparent attempt to calm the man, whilst another can be heard pleading for staff to move the woman.
But the no-frills Irish airline has drawn criticism on social media for failing to eject the abusive passenger from the flight.
“He refused to sit next to the woman because she was black,” wrote David Lawrence, the man who filmed the incident, in a caption to the video on Facebook.
“Ryanair are accountable for the protection of their customers and they FAILED!“
“The elderly lady was moved to another seat whilst the man was allowed to continue his journey with extra room and on board service,” he added on Youtube.
Lawrence also said he has drawn personal criticism for choosing to record the situation rather than intervene.
“One of the passengers whilst I was filming basically said to me don’t you think you’re being a bit childish by filming this,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“I had to make a difficult decision at that time because if I had stepped in I don’t think you would have seen the footage that I captured.”
Lawrence said the video was filmed on flight FR 9015 from Barcelona to London Stansted on Friday 19 October.
British police say they understand the incident took place whilst the plane was on the tarmac at Barcelona airport.
Essex Police, the force with jurisdiction over Stansted Airport, told AFP they were made aware of the incident on Sunday and are now working with Spanish officers on an investigation.
“Essex Police takes prejudice-based crime seriously and we want all incidents to be reported,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation.”
Ryanair said in a statement: “We have reported this to the police in Essex and as this is now a police matter, we cannot comment further.”
Asked about the incident at a daily press briefing on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said: “When people are traveling and going about their public life, no-one should be subjected to intimidation or any form of abuse.”


UK’s Prince Philip ‘shocked and shaken’ after car crash

Updated 19 min 15 sec ago
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UK’s Prince Philip ‘shocked and shaken’ after car crash

  • Prince Philip’s vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto a main road and colliding with the Kia
  • Philip, known for his forthright manner and off-color jokes, formally retired from public life in 2017

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip was “very shocked and shaken” after being involved in a car accident that left his Land Rover flipped on its side, a witness reportedly said.
The duke emerged unharmed but two people in another car were injured in the crash that occurred Thursday when the duke was driving near the Sandringham Estate, according to police and Buckingham Palace.
Norfolk Police said two women — the driver and passenger of a Kia — required hospital treatment but were later discharged. It would not confirm reports that a baby was also in the car.
The BBC reported that Prince Philip’s vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto a main road and colliding with the Kia.
Witness Roy Warne, 75, told The Sun newspaper that the Prince was pulled from the wreckage “conscious” but “very shocked and shaken.”
“I saw the car flip,” he said, adding that he rushed to help free the driver before he “suddenly realized it was Prince Philip.”
An image from the accident scene published by a local radio station showed two cars by the side of the road, one on its side with a smashed windscreen and another a few yards away in bushes.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon,” the palace said in a statement.
“The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.”
She added that the duke saw a doctor “as a precaution” who confirmed he was not hurt.
Norfolk Police said, in accordance with policy in collisions, it breathalyzed both drivers.
“We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings,” the force added.
It said officers were called to the estate shortly before 3:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) “after a Land Rover and Kia were involved in a collision.”
“The male driver of the Land Rover was uninjured,” it added.
“The female driver of the Kia suffered cuts while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both requiring hospital treatment.”
The Press Association reported that there was a passenger in the duke’s vehicle who was likely his close protection officer
The royal couple spends most of the winter at the residence in Norfolk, an English county northeast of London, which continues to operate as a sporting estate.
Philip, known for his forthright manner and off-color jokes, formally retired from public life in 2017.
He has been seen behind the wheel on numerous occasions over the decade, including with world leaders and dignitaries as his passengers.
In 2016, alongside the Queen he drove former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle around Windsor Castle in a Range Rover after they landed nearby in the presidential helicopter.
Meanwhile the duke continued to compete in demanding carriage-driving competitions into his 80s, and has previously pulled muscles in his back while driving his horse-drawn carriage.
Philip described in an interview how he took up carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50, helping to establish it as a sport in subsequent years.
Born a prince of Greece and Denmark, he married then princess Elizabeth on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.
On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, she said of him: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.”