A plane passenger who yelled that white children are easy to rape on a Ryanair flight has been jailed.
Mohammed Shiraz Riaz, 42, was jailed for 14 months at Minshull Street Crown Court for the outburst on a flight from Marrakech, Morocco, to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.
Riaz later reportedly bit a policeman so hard he left teeth marks on his arm.
The court also heard how Riaz, from West Yorkshire, had 30 offences on his record, including assault and being drunk and disorderly.
Rias, who appeared via video link, admitted being drunk on an aircraft, four charges of using threatening behaviour, and assaulting a member of the emergency services.
The first incident occurred on July 15, 2019 on a Ryanair flight when stewardess Jelena Zuravska said she was called a “f***ing fat b**** stewardess” by Riaz.
In a statement, Ms Zuravska said: “I remained professional and suggested that he sat down and have something to eat and at this point, I made the decision not to serve him any more alcohol as I didn’t want to make the situation any worse.
“He started verbally attacking me personally, saying ‘who f***ed your mother? You fat stewardess white b****’. He seemed to have a real hatred towards women.”
Ms Zuravska added: “He was shouting, he was screaming. He gave me the feeling he was going to fight me. As he became more aggressive towards me and more vocal, other passengers stepped in to try and calm the situation. One even wanted to punch him on my behalf.”
Ms Zuravska said Riaz tried to use a safety announcement she made to humiliate her. In response, the crew decided to move other passengers away from Riaz.
When the aircraft landed, it was reportedly met by police who saw a “clearly upset” Ms Zuravska.
The court heard how Riaz then presented his wrists to officers before claiming he’d done nothing wrong and started hurling abuse at Ms Zuravska.
When police later attempted to restrain him, Riaz reportedly bit an officer on the arm.
Just a few months later, on January 2, 2021, Riaz was on another flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to Manchester.
Prosecuting Mark Pritchard said: “On the flight he was seen dancing, refusing to wear his facemask, punching people’s seats and shadowboxing in the aisles. There were 120 passengers, most of whom were families with children.
“Police met the aircraft at the gate and one officer was approached by several families who expressed their disgust at the defendant’s behaviour.
“He was handcuffed and taken through Border Control but he used foul language and threatening behaviour in the sight of very young children.”
The Daily Mail reported, as he was placed in a police van, Riaz said: “No wonder it’s so easy for us to rape your white children – you’re all a bunch of p******.
“You f***ing s***s, fat-a*** c****. White woman are easy to rape. White children are easy to rape because white men are p******.”
Defence counsel for Rias, Ms Ella Embleton said: “He recognises there is no excuse for his behaviour and describes himself as behaving like a ‘dog’. He is very embarrassed by his actions on these two days.”
While sentencing Rias, Judge Joanne Woodward said: “This was a sustained course of highly abusive conduct causing distress to others. The level of verbal abuse in the presence of families and young children was at the highest end.”