Ryanair boss criticized for Muslim profiling comments
Published: 08:25 PM, 22 February 2020
Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ireland-based private airline Ryanair
Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ireland-based private airline Ryanair, has been criticized for making controversial remarks about Muslims.
“Terrorists are usually Muslims,” he said in a recent interview to the London Times regarding terrorist attacks and passenger security at the airport. “That is why Muslim travelers should go through more security tests at the airport.”
Immediately after this comment, intense criticism began on social media in various parts of the world. Even representatives of civil society in his home country Ireland strongly criticized his anti-Islam remarks.
“The threat mainly comes from Muslims,” Michael Michael. He, however, said that the travelers coming with children and families should be exempted from this security test.
Michael made such controversial comments at a time when a recent terrorist attack in Germany killed at least eight Muslims.
Many civic councils, including Muslim organizations, have called his remarks a “groundling expression of racism”.
This is not the first time, Ryanair’s CEO made such racist remarks. Many times before this, he has garnered sharp criticism for his derogatory and racist remarks.
He had sharply criticized for overcharging the flight toilet and offering to collect ‘fat tax’ from obese travelers.
A spokesman of Britain’s Muslim Council accused Ryanair’s CEO of trying to spread ‘Islamophobia’.
Khalid Mahmood, MP for the UK’s main opposition Labor Party, said Michael's comments were “inciting racism”.
A human rights watchdog in the UK says Michael’s comments are shocking and outrageous.
Many have called to boycott the Ryanair airline over its CEO’s degradation comment.
Renowned journalist Heidi N. Moore says the practice of Islamophobia at the CEO level is truly ‘unbelievable’. “Now understand that there are many other superpowers in the world who cherish racism and can manifest their racist views at any time,” she added.