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Ryanair boss calls for extra airport terror checks on Muslim men because ‘that’s where the threat is coming from’

RYANAIR boss Michael O'Leary has demanded extra anti-terror checks for Muslim men at airports as 'that is where the threat is coming from'.

Mr O'Leary, 58, said terror suspects flagged at airports would 'generally be males of a Muslim persuasion'.

Charities and an MP blasted Mr O'Leary's remarks and accused him of Islamophobia and racism.

Mr O'Leary said: "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.

“You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion."


He added: "Thirty years ago it was the Irish. If that is where the threat is coming from, deal with the threat.”

A spokesman said: "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’.

"This is the very definition of Islamophobia."

Who are the bombers? it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion

Michael O'Leary

Mr Mahmood said: “He’s effectively saying ‘everyone is game — if they look like a Muslim then they must be a terrorist’.

"It doesn’t improve community relations; it gives succour to people of a fascist mindset.

"In Germany this week a white person killed eight people. Should we profile white people to see if they’re fascists?

"He’s being very blinkered and is actually encouraging racism.”

Mr O'Leary's remarks come the day after a white female Muslim convert admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral in London.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was born Michelle Ramsden but converted to Islam in 2007 and is believed to have become radicalised in 2015 after following extremists online.

The airline chief is no stranger to controversial remarks.

He once said: "The best thing you can do with environmentalists is shoot them."

Mr O'Leary also believes travel agents deserve the same treatment, saying once: "Screw the travel agents.

"Take the f***ers out and shoot them. What have they done for passengers over the years?"

He famously proposed coin-operated toilets on flights and dressed up as the pope to launch Ryanair's new route from Dublin to Rome.