Racism spotted, close all airspace

This story is causing a lot of handwringing:

A Ryanair passenger who racially abused an elderly woman sitting next to him on a plane may “get away with it”, a shadow transport minister said.

The man was filmed calling the 77 year-old victim an “ugly black bastard” and shouting “don’t talk to me in a foreign language you stupid ugly cow”.

The video pretty much captures what happened. If a crime was committed, why can they not prosecute?

Labour MP Karl Turner, a qualified barrister who was once Labour’s shadow attorney general, said Ryanair had ”failed spectacularly”.

“Ryanair failure to deplane the alleged racist offender, handing him over to the Spanish authorities probably means that he isn’t now prosecuted.

Would the Spanish have been interested in prosecuting a British man for racially abusing a fellow passenger? Is that even a crime in Spain?

“Suspect the pressure to turn this aircraft around quickly and get it airborne meant that they have allowed this alleged offender to remain on the aircraft,” said Mr Turner. ”He may now get away with it.”

Apparently racially abusing someone is now a crime so heinous aircraft should be grounded while the police are called to investigate. Never mind the inconvenience to the rest of the passengers and the knock-on effect on other flights coming in and out of Barcelona.

Now the man in the video is likely a pr*ck of the highest order and if he said stuff like this without serious provocation, he needs a good thrashing. But the situation is a little more complicated than the media is letting on. Ryanair had an opportunity to call the Spanish police to say a passenger is being unruly, but what would they have said? One passenger is yelling at another? Unless he’s presenting a security threat, I’m not sure the Spaniards would have been interested. Better for them to let the plane depart taking these assh*le Brits with them. So they couldn’t have got him arrested for security offences in Barcelona even if they’d wanted to, and now everyone’s complaining he’s not been arrested for racism. But it happened in Spain, and:

“Unfortunately because Ryanair is registered in Dublin not in the UK the alleged offence could only be tried by UK authorities if it was ‘in flight’ to the UK. Section 92(1) Civil Aviation Act s.92(4) defines ‘in flight’.

“If this incident had have happened on an alternative airline under ‘British Control’ or it was already ‘in flight’ to the UK the prosecuting authorities could have prosecuted.”

So the outrage is really that the rest of the world isn’t as interested in prosecuting Brits for being racist as the British police are.

Essex Police said they believed the incident had taken place at Barcelona Airport.

“Essex Police takes prejudice-based crime seriously and we want all incidents to be reported,” a spokeswoman said.

“We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation.”

The sole justification for the involvement of Essex Police is that the plane landed in Stansted. But when racism is the issue, the entire world apparently comes under their jurisdiction. I suspect the authorities in Barcelona didn’t even answer the phone when they called.

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11 thoughts on “Racism spotted, close all airspace

  1. This unpleasant abuse would have been much more frequent in the days before phone cameras and social media. Just as the community has found a way of shaming people into good behaviour, along comes the government to “help” by making laws to cover it.

  2. The bloke is an arsehole but the idea that the scum of Marxist orthodoxy can now try to make a major international incident out of minor nonsense is far more offensive than the mouthings of an idiot. Esp when incidents the other way around on London Transport say–draw far, far less interest from the TPTBS than this caper. Indeed if you are white shouting racial abuse seems to be a much bigger crime than shouting racial abuse AT white people. Because it is in the eyes of Marxist scum.

    More so than murdering 150 million which is present “score” of socialist murder. Nothing compared to some white dude mouthing a few nasty remarks.

  3. We seem to have all decided it’s the blokes fault without knowing what went on before the recording starts. Maybe he’s responding to what’s been said to him. But, s’pose if he’s white & she’s black he’s got be in the wrong, whatever’s happened. Inherited guilt of colonialism an’ all that.

  4. The man was filmed calling the 77 year-old victim an “ugly black bastard” and shouting “don’t talk to me in a foreign language you stupid ugly cow”.

    This guy really missed a trick or two:

    When I were a lad growing up in Yorkshire Fred Trueman was at the top of his game and had already made a name for his plain speaking.

    The (apocryphal) story doing the rounds one year was that on a tour in the West Indies he’d had a few LBW decisions turned down and after one particularly egregious rejection he turned to the umpire: “well, you cheating black bastard” and after a short pause continued “and colour’s got nowt to do wi’ it, because if you’d been white I’d have called you a cheating white bastard”.

    And there’s Churchill’s famous retort to Nancy Astor:

    Lady Astor: “Mr. Churchill, you’re drunk!”
    Winston Churchill: “Yes, and you, Madam, are ugly. But tomorrow, I
    shall be sober.”

    He could have combined the 2.

  5. So someone filmed two members of the public, without their permission, and posted it online, without their permission.
    Abd it was on a Ryanair plane, also I suspect filmed and posted without their permission either.

    Now what was all that fuss a few month back about GDPR (or similar acronym)?
    And is it now legal to film a women in public without permission and post on a web site? Where are all the MeToos now eh?

  6. I’d reserve judgement until I know what provoked his outburst.

    I know our “suntanned British Minority People” can and do use their racial entitlement to bully and demand that white people back down on each and every occasion. Civility only goes one way, it seems to me.

    Could the reason be that the poor, hapless minority person demand something unreasonable and expected whitey to back down? And when he did not, then kept at it until it provoked an angry response?

    However, I agree with the rest of the commentators that the British Police must have nothing better to do than police the rest of the world for racial “crimes” when it has nothing to do with them.

  7. Tim, I don’t think your advertisers in Japan would jav (sic) a problem with crude language.

  8. I suspect yelling at another passenger like that is endangering the safety of an aircraft and would be prosecuted were it possible.

    The problem with a select few airlibes is that they have to all intents and purposes, entirely abdicated their duty of care to everything except their bottom line.

  9. I have zero sympathy for Ryanair the sky pirates. If this hurts them then my response is oh yeah baby.

  10. I couldn’t be less interested in this (Brits shouting at one another) or the Saudi affair (Foreigners killing another foreigner in a foreign embassy in a foreign country) and the more that the MSM tries to persuade me both are cause célèbres the less I care.

    But I wonder why this story and this story seeming have less traction, despite being greater offenses?

  11. I wake up, go to work, come home, and go to sleep forgetting that, in Britain – a place I have never visited but deeply admire – one can be jailed for openly disliking dark skinned people.

    Sometimes I hate this timeline.

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