Ryanair passenger reported to police after racist rant at elderly woman

The man yelled abuse at the woman passenger

The man yelled abuse at the woman passenger

David Lawrence, who filmed what happened, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Everything was calm, we were getting ready to take off".

Footage shows the man shouting at the woman to move seats while her daughter tries to stand up to him, telling him her mother is disabled.

There's no shortage of stories of passengers behaving badly but this latest incident has probably got to be one of the worst we've heard about in a long time.

A woman assumed to be the elderly woman's daughter attempts to defuse the situation and a male flight attendant offers her a seat somewhere else, which she initially refused.

Speaking about the video, Lawrence said "visual is important" and "now the world knows what happened".

Mrs. Gayle's daughter tries to explain to the man that her mother has arthritis which hinders her ability to move quickly.

He yells: "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". I go to my bed and say 'what have I done?' I haven't done anything for you to attack me.

In the video, the man can be heard to call her an "ugly cow" and tells her not to speak to him in a "foreign language".

The black woman at one point tells the man, "You smell".

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But before she can say anything in response to the bully, he shouts over her and says: 'If you don't move to another seat I'll push you there'.

This news comes as it was announced that the budget airline saw a 9 percent dip in pre-tax profits over the last financial half, brought on by rising fuel costs and compensation payouts for delayed and cancelled flights.

The video has led to an outcry on social media over the content of the video and Ryanair's handling of the situation.

"In relation to this particular case, there's obviously an investigation being conducted by Essex Police and it's right that I don't comment specifically on that".

The woman who was the focus on the man's abuse is a 77-year-old retiree who was returning to Britain after marking the anniversary of her husband's death, according to the Huffington Post UK.

"I feel really depressed about it".

A number of passengers on the flight called for the man to be removed from the plane, but he was still allowed to stay on it, which sparked public outcry after the video was viewed for more than 4 million times on Facebook.

Mrs. Gayle moved to the United Kingdom from Jamaica in the 1960s and was on vacation with her daughter to mark the first anniversary of her husband's death.

Lawrence said he expected more from Ryanair, and he had previously seen people escorted off planes for less.

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