A video showing a man racially abusing an elderly passenger on a Ryanair flight has prompted outrage and an investigation by British police. The video — now viewed on Facebook more than 4-million times — appears to show a white man in an altercation with a black woman over seating arrangements in their row. Despite protests from another passenger that the woman was disabled, the man can be heard threatening to push her and calling her an "ugly black bastard" in the three-minute clip. A cabin crew member and a passenger can be seen intervening in an apparent attempt to calm the man, while another can be heard pleading for staff to move the woman.

The no-frills Irish airline has drawn criticism on social media for failing to eject the abusive passenger from the flight. "He refused to sit next to the woman because she was black," wrote David Lawrence, the man who filmed the incident, in a caption to the video on Facebook. "Ryanair are accountable for the protection of their custo...

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