The moment an elderly woman was on the receiving end of a vile racist outburst onboard a flight has been captured on camera.
Disturbing footage shows a man verbally attacking the female passenger sitting one seat away from him during the flight between London and Barcelona on Friday.
“I tell you what, I hope someone sits there because I don’t want to sit next to your ugly face, your ugly f****** face,” the man can be heard shouting at the stunned passenger.
Fellow passengers and a flight attendant try to defuse the situation as the man’s tirade continues.
“Don’t talk to me in a f*****g foreign language you stupid ugly cow,” he says to the woman, believed to be in her 70s.
“I will carry on as far as I can with this ugly, black b******.”
Other passengers try and remonstrate with the abusive man, with one woman demanding the man is removed from the flight.
One man sitting behind then leans over and tries to provide a physical barrier between the pair.
Eventually the flight attendant decides to move the woman to another seat, allowing the male passenger to stay in his seat.
The decision to move the victim faced a barrage of criticism online after the footage was shared across social media.
It is believed the tirade was trigged when the man thought the woman was too slow to take her seat.
Ryanair confirmed on Twitter they were aware of the footage and police had been notified of the matter, saying they would not tolerate “unruly behaviour” on flights.
Yet David Lawrence, who uploaded the footage to Facebook, told the BBC the budget airline’s response during and after the “horrible” incident has been unacceptable.
The woman’s daughter told Huffington Post that her mother was visibly upset from the incident.
“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.
“Mum’s really feeling upset and very stressed about this situation, on top of the grief 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.”
Yahoo7 has contacted Ryanair for comment.