A woman who claimed to be an ‘international criminal lawyer’, was videoed going on a racist rant during an Air India flight from Mumbai to London on Saturday.
The incident was recorded by another passenger on the flight, with the spat allegedly being instigated after she was refused another glass of wine.
The woman, who is said to be an Irish national and was already intoxicated, boasted about her credentials as a lawyer and threatened staff with legal action.
In the video uploaded by a Twitter user, Tarun Shukla, the woman can be seen yelling at the flight attendants and even physically touching them after they refused her more alcohol because she was already drunk.
An image uploaded Shukla also appears to show that one of the staff suffered a bruised arm as a result of the altercation.
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) November 14, 2018
In the footage, the woman can be heard shouting at the staff:
I am a f***ing international lawyer.
I work for all you f***ing people… The f***ing Rohingyas, the f***ing people of all Asia, for you, an international criminal lawyer.
Don’t get any money for it by the way. But you won’t give me a glass of wine, is that correct?
She also asks the cabin crew if they “treat all business class passengers like this?” before adding that she would have been given the wine if she was a “rich Indian f**king money grabbing b**tard”.
The woman, who claims to work for ‘the Palestinian people’, then continues her tirade in business class where she threatens to have them shot by the Irish Republican Army.
She adds she won’t be arrested at Heathrow airport before turning her rant on her fellow passengers, labelling them as “pathetic”.
A passenger who was on the flight is quoted by The Sun as saying that the altercation started after she pushed a flight attendant’s trolley.
The woman was seated on her seat 1-J. After gulping down few glasses of wine she went to the lavatory and burnt a smoke but unfortunately, the smoke detector didn’t set off.
Irish lady behaves in such an abusive, racist way with @airindiain crew for being refused extra drinks. Very decent AI crew behaviour. Arrested on landing. Wonder if she should have been controlled onboard with handcuffs. @JitiBhargava @Mohan_Rngnathan pic.twitter.com/kSTDmGOEm5
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) November 13, 2018
She came back to her seat and gulped down some more bottle of wine and asked for more when the flight attendant refused her demands.
She threatened the attendant and pushed the trolley. It was then she turned unruly towards the flight attendant and started with the verbal spat.
She was arrested upon arrival in London. A statement from the Metropolitan Police reported that a 50-year-old woman was arrested after the flight had landed.
She was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order, common assault and drunk and disorderly and taken to a west London police station.
She was subsequently released under investigation.
#WATCH An Irish national on board Air India London-Mumbai flight verbally abuses the crew after she was refused more wine. The incident took place on November 10. (Note: Strong language) pic.twitter.com/bdZWico5Qq
— ANI (@ANI) November 14, 2018
Air India is yet to release a statement in regards to the incident.