Terrorists “are generally men of Muslim confession,” Ryanair President Michael O’Leary said in an interview published this Saturday by The Times.
Referring to airport security, the 58-year-old businessman told the British newspaper that control should be less stringent for families, because “there is almost no chance that there will be terrorists among them. On the contrary, he suggested that control processes should focus on Muslim men.
“Who are the terrorists? They are single men traveling alone,” he said.
“You can’t say a few things, because it is racism, but they are usually men of Muslim confession,” he declared, adding that “if the threat comes from there, we must fight it.”
In response to the statements, a spokesman for the UK Council of Muslims accused the businessman of “Islamophobia”.
Labor MP Khalid Mahmood said O’Leary “promotes racism”.
“In Germany, this week, a white man killed eight people. Should we establish a profile of whites to see if they are fascists?”, Added the politician, referring to the racist attack in Hanau.
Michael O’Leary is known for his controversial comments. He has already suggested that passengers travel standing on airplanes, that they charge for using the bathroom or that obese people pay more for the place.