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Ryanair 'to ban disruptive passengers' after racist incident

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AFTER CALLS for boycotts of Ryanair due to an outrageous video of a man racially abusing an elderly black woman who was then moved from her seat, the budget airline are reportedly planning to ban passengers who behave in such manner.

According to the BBC, the discount European airline said it will ban passengers who behave like he did.

“We operate strict guidelines for disruptive passengers and we will not tolerate unruly behaviour like this.

“We will be taking this matter further, and disruptive or abusive behaviour like this will result in passengers being banned from travel,” the airline told the BBC.

In the video filmed by David Lawrence, an unidentified man can be seen shouting at an elderly black woman - known identified as Ms. Gayle - and calling her an “ugly black b******” and “stupid ugly cow.”

A flight attendant eventually asked the woman if she wanted to move, and she went to sit with her daughter before the flight took off from Barcelona to London as scheduled.

“We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police,” the airline said in a statement and tweet.

But as the video went viral, many have questioned the protocol for unruly passengers and threatened to boycott Ryanair as a result.

"Why wasn’t he removed from the flight??? Other way round a black person would be arrested for racial abuse. Absolutely shocking that the airline allowed this to continue and do nothing about it!!!!," wrote one Twitter commentator, while another said: "I'm never going to go back on this airline. hit them where it really hurts".

Gayle’s daughter told HuffPost UK that she had taken her 77-year-old mother on vacation to cheer her up on the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death.

Gayle has arthritis and was slow to stand up from her aisle seat when the man wanted to get to his window seat.

“The underlying reason behind the man’s abusive behaviour comes down to the fact that my mum is a black woman and he didn’t want her sitting next to him — he says it in the video,” the daughter told HuffPost.

According to Yahoo News, the UK’s Department of Transportation also told the network it would be looking into how else to “deal with disruptive passengers.”

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