ryanair boss michael o'leary has sparked outrage for suggesting would-be plane bombers are more likely to be muslim men - and airport security should focus on "where the threat is coming from".
he told the times that potential terrorists will "generally be males of a muslim persuasion" - and that families with young children should be waved through airport security as there was "virtually" no chance of them being terrorists.
ryanair has disputed the paper's coverage and said its chief executive "apologises sincerely for any offence caused", having been accused of sharing "racist and discriminatory" views.
the 58-year-old told the newspaper: "who are the bombers? they are going to be single males travelling on their own.
"if you are travelling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero."
微信斗牛要从哪里拉人he added: "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.
微信斗牛要从哪里拉人"if that is where the threat is coming from, deal with the threat."
微信斗牛要从哪里拉人ryanair told sky news that any suggestion that mr o'leary thought muslim men should face extra airport security checks were "simply inaccurate".
"michael was only calling for more effective airport security checks which would do away with much of the unnecessary queues at airport security today for all passengers," a spokesman said.
the controversial comments came during an interview in which he also appeared to mock obese passengers - and hit out at the need to accommodate disabled people.
- He said that the need for wheelchair facilities on each floor of an office he had built in Dublin was "complete and utter nonsense"
- That "fairly shortly we'll have to have gender-fluid toilets", adding: "I'm male today and I'll be female tomorrow"
- And described obese airline passengers as "monsters", saying: "If you have complete monsters you may need to buy two seats"
微信斗牛要从哪里拉人hate crime monitoring group tell mama said his "flippant" comments could have serious consequences for the business where he was worked for more than 30 years.
"besides being discriminatory and basing judgements on the 'looks' of people, which is abhorrent, o'leary clearly does not know about the history of terrorism, where people have used others to bypass this blunt and divisive technique," it said.
the muslim council of britain also criticised mr o'leary, describing his views as "the very definition of islamophobia".
微信斗牛要从哪里拉人"he openly advocates discrimination against 'males of a muslim persuasion', which presumably is not based on specific intelligence but solely whether someone 'looks or acts like a muslim'," a spokeswoman said.
微信斗牛要从哪里拉人"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."
mr o'leary is no stranger to courting controversy, having famously proposed that passengers should pay to use the toilet, and he dressed up as a pope to launch ryanair's new route from dublin to rome.
He has also been at loggerheads with the UK government in recent times - threatening legal action over its bailout of regional carrier Flybe, and criticising former transport secretary Chris Grayling over no-deal Brexit planning.
Last year he also waded into the row over a McDonald's executive who was sacked for having a consensual relationship with an employee.