Michael O’Leary: Ryanair boss criticised for Muslim profiling feedback

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Ryanair boss Michael O'LearyImage copyright Getty Images

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has been criticised for saying Muslim males needs to be profiled at airports as a result of “that is where the threat is coming from”.

He made his feedback in the Times.

The chief govt additionally mentioned households with younger kids needs to be waved by way of airport safety as a result of there was just about zero likelihood of them being answerable for assaults.

The Muslim Council of Britain mentioned Mr O’Leary’s feedback have been “racist and discriminatory”.

“This is the very definition of Islamophobia,” its spokesperson added.

In the wide-ranging interview, Mr O’Leary, 58, mentioned: “Who are the bombers? They are going to be single males travelling on their very own. If you might be travelling with a household of children, on you go; the possibilities you will blow all of them up is zero.

“You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion. Thirty years ago it was the Irish. If that is where the threat is coming from, deal with the threat.”

The MCB mentioned Muslims face institutional discrimination in lots of elements of life.

“Institutional discrimination against Muslims is well established: whether it is the ability to get a job, buy a flat or even getting car insurance. The challenges of #flyingwhilstMuslim are well documented across the globe,” a spokesperson mentioned.

“It is a shame that such racism is being expressed so openly, and that the CEO of a large airline would so want to discriminate against his customers so brazenly.”

Civil liberty teams have argued profiling, together with on the idea of race, faith or gender, violates folks’s rights.

One profiling knowledgeable beforehand advised the BBC that the good thing about such profiling solely outweighs the price in distinctive circumstances.

Airlines within the UK have beforehand mentioned airport safety checks needs to be lowered to enhance the expertise for passengers.

People arriving and leaving the UK are already profiled by border businesses and police by way of superior passenger data, together with fee particulars and passport numbers.

Mr O’Leary, who has labored for Ryanair for 30 years, additionally used the interview to lament planning rules requiring the corporate to offer services for disabled workers and referred to overweight passengers as “monsters” who “may need to buy two seats”.

The BBC has approached Ryanair for a response to the criticism of Mr O’Leary’s feedback.