BARCELONA CITY HALL is asking the public prosecutor to investigate the alleged racist incident that was filmed during a Ryanair flight from Spain to London Stansted last Friday.
The alleged racist incident involved a man on the plane directing racial slurs at a 77-year-old disabled woman.
The incident was filmed by passengers who demanded at the time that the passenger involved in the incident be removed from the flight.
The argument allegedly broke out when the 77-year-old took too long to get up out of her aisle seat in order to let the man through to his window seat.
The video went viral after circulating social media this weekend and has been widely reported upon by media outlets.
The incident was originally investigated by police in Essex and it is understood that Ryanair assisted with this investigation.
However, given the incident occurred in Barcelona, Spain, Essex Police say they have “worked to identify both parties involved in this incident and passed this information to the Spanish authorities, who are leading on this investigation.”
“Our officers will continue to provide assistance where necessary throughout the course of this case.”
Barcelona City Hall has elected to present the case to the public prosecutor to investigate further the circumstances of the incident.
The aim is to identify the alleged aggressor and to interview potential witnesses, in order to establish if the case qualifies as an alleged hate crime.
Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Asens, wrote on social media to condemn the “racist” behaviour of the alleged racist.
Asens went further, criticising the “unacceptable” immediate response of Ryanair.
He continued: “We will report this from Barcelona City Hall and we will seek the person who recorded the video as well as witnesses.”
The response of the budget airline will be scrutinised by the State Air Safety Agency (AESA). Their main goal is to determine if “the conditions are met for the person who caused the situation to be disciplined as a conflictive passenger, according to current legislation.”
Ryanair has in the past ejected or refused boarding to passengers who violate their terms and conditions by representing “danger or risk for the rest of the passengers or crew.”
Watch the incident in question on the original story below – WARNING – Some viewers may find the incident offensive)