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Probe after man's racist outburst on Ryanair flight

By Tess de la Mare

Ryanair has vowed to ban abusive passengers from its flights after a man launched a racist tirade against an eledrly woman.

The announcement comes after customers threatened to boycott the airline because of its apparent inaction during the incident on a plane flying from Barcelona to London Stansted on Friday.

Footage of the unnamed man calling the pensioner an "ugly black b******" has been viewed on Facebook more than 1.8m times.

The budget airline told the BBC: "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 row apparently broke out after the woman was unable to move out of her aisle seat quickly enough to let the man sit down in his window seat.

The video, shot by UK resident David Lawrence, shows the man shouting at the woman to move seats, while her daughter tells him her mother is disabled. He replies: "I don't care whether she's f***ing disabled or not - if I tell her to get out she gets out."

Staff on the flight seemed to do little to silence the man during the footage, leaving a passenger in the row behind to try and deal with the situation.

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