A British Airways stewardess claims she resigned after someone leaked a video of her in an allegedly racist rant that went viral.
Joanne Wickenden quit the airline after meeting with supervisors over the outrage caused by the racist Snapchat video in which the 23 year-old mocked Nigerian passengers, according to the Daily Mail.
“I want to set the record straight. I wasn’t sacked. I resigned,” Wickenden told the publication.
Trust British media to chase down and find identity of British Airways stewardess ranting about Nigerian’s love for beef and their BBCs ? pic.twitter.com/fi8HIMmEIF
— Victoria Uwonkunda (@Msuwonkunda) September 26, 2017
The 5 feet 11 inches blonde flight attendant from Fareham, Hampshire, claimed she is not a racist and was set up by a co-worker.
— Kelechi (@iamfatdon) September 26, 2017
“I was set up by a BA colleague. I was in my car before starting work and I was talking to this so-called friend on Snapchat,” Wickenden explained, discussing the video she recorded in her airline uniform, mocking Nigerian passengers for wanting “f***ing upgrades.”
“They were sending me videos and asking me questions, encouraging me and egging me on to do impressions,” she said. “Unknown to me, they were recording this conversation on their phone and sent the footage around to others.”
The expletive-filled clip featured Wickenden impersonating what goes on during the flights.
“All Nigerians are going to be asking for f****** upgrades,” she said in the video, claiming the men would need more leg room. “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.”
But the clip, which was circulated among “horrified” British Airways cabin crew according to the Daily Mail, continued as Wickenden talked about Nigerians on the flight.
“All the Nigerians are gonna be there like ‘gimme Coca Cola, gimme me beef, why you have no beef left? I want beef,'” she said. “And I’m just gonna be there like, ‘Sorry sir, we ran out of beef’. 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.”
British Airways responded to the viral video with a statement.
‘We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when they are representing British Airways. We are investigating this video,” the airline said, adding that the flight attendant “no longer works for British Airways.”
Wickenden clarified that she resigned on her own after a two-hour meeting with bosses, adding: “I’d had enough and I didn’t want to fly anymore.”
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