Sacked over racist rant about Nigerians
A British Airways (BA) air stewardess has been sacked over a rant about Nigerian passengers. The rant went viral when it was posted on Snapchat.
Joanne Wickenden had been accused of racism by online critics after she complained in the Snapchat video. She complained that Nigerian passengers were demanding.
She said they were always wanting upgrades as they needed extra legroom to accommodate their ‘big d***s swinging from side to side’.
The 23-year-old ‘no longer works’ for BA, the company said before adding: ‘We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when they are representing British Airways’.
The flight attendant used to work for easyjet and during the video, she wore her BA uniform.
Wickenden posted the video captioned ‘I can’t cope with this flight’ prior to a trip from Heathrow to Nigeria’s capital Abuja on 22 September.
The footage shows her imitating a Nigerian accent. She is also seen saying: ‘All the Nigerians are gonna be there like “Gimme Coca-Cola, gimme beef, why you have no beef left? I want beef”’.
British Airways confirmed that they are investigating the footage.
A shocked staff member said BA should apologise to its Nigerian passengers.
In her defence, Wickenden said: ‘I have been framed by another BA employee’
‘They were encouraging me, egging me on to say things. They were recording me and sent it around to our friends’.
She added: ‘I don’t want to fly anymore’.
It is reported that she is also an aspiring actress looking for ‘male company’ on dating websites.