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“I don’t want to fly anymore, says British Airways hostess who launched racist attack on Nigerian passengers

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he now ex- British Airways stewardess who posted a ‘ racist ‘ Snapchat rant against Nigerian passengers reportedly claims ‘it was just a joke’. Joanne Wickenden recorded the offensive clip while wearing her uniform before flying from London Heathrow to Abuja, on Friday evening.

Wickenden was relieved Tuesday night after an emergency meeting with top officials of the airline.

In a statement the airline said “We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when they are representing British Airways.”

“I don’t want to fly anymore, she said Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old wannabe actress has insisted to friends ‘I am not a racist’ – and claims the video clip was ‘just a joke’.

“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.”

BA hostess
Picture: Snapchat

In the one minute clip she said: “All Nigerians are going to be asking for f****** upgrades” along with a slew of derogatory comments about passengers she deals with on a daily basis.

Wickenden appears to insinuate male Nigerian passengers would need extra leg room because of the size of their penises.

“All the Nigerians are gonna be there asking for f****** upgrades because they haven’t got enough leg room because their B**s are in their way.

“Big d**** like this swinging from side to side.”


Complaining about the upcoming flight, she says: “Alright, so all of yous are there getting ready for your Friday night, getting in the pre-drinks, you know, as you do.

“And I’m here, getting ready to go to work, put on a yellow life jacket, point out the exits, hand out chicken or beef, what sort of Friday night is this for me?

“The upside is I’m going to Nigeria and there’s gonna be bare B**, I’m joking, I’m joking.

“All the Nigerians are gonna be there like ‘gimme Coca Cola, gimme me beef, why you have no beef left? I want beef.’

A friend said that another colleague wanted her to ‘do an impression’ of the kind of things which happen during the flight.




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