Irish airline Aer Lingus kicks racist off flight for abusing Muslim passengers
Aer Lingus crew will not take any nonsense from bigots aboard their flights. (Twitter)
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The crew working for Irish airline Aer Lingus physically removed a passenger racially abusing Muslims aboard flight EI0330 from Dublin to Berlin this Sunday, Independent.ie reports.
The incident was documented in a Facebook post submitted by fellow passenger Khalid Wafiq Kamel to Aer Lingus's official page on the social media platform.
"Before taking off, a passenger showed abusive behaviour against two other Muslim passengers," wrote Kamel.
"The crew reacted promptly to stop him, and the offending passenger was removed from the flight."
Aer Lingus declined to comment on the incident, but thanked Kamel for his post and added that they were glad the indicident had been "handled well" by the crew.
The Irish airline added that crew "are fully trained to deal with disruptive incidents that may arise on board our aircraft, and do so according to our operating procedures."
Kamel was pleased with how the situation was managed, stating the captain and crew's reaction "made my day."
"As a Muslim, I felt safe and respected being in Ireland and on Aer Lingus. As one of the crew said, 'We are all Equal'."
Kamel's Facebook post has been liked by over 11,000 people and has received overwhelmingly positive comments.
"Well done Aer Lingus," said commentor Theresa Corcoran, "there is no place for racial hate in Ireland."
"I have been here is this beautiful country for 15 years," said another, Syed Ahmed. "I have so much love and respect for the Irish people the way I have been treated fairly in this country regardless of colour, race or religion."
"We're so sorry to hear that this took place, but we're glad that the crew handled the situation well," Aer Lingus's social media team replied.