Azealia Banks accuses Aer Lingus staff of treating her like an ‘animal’ in profanity-filled Instagram video

The rapper has shared a series of tearful videos on her Instagram story 

Clémence Michallon
New York
Tuesday 22 January 2019 08:30 GMT
Azealia Banks rants against Aer Lingus

Azealia Banks has accused Aer Lingus staff of treating her like an “animal”, causing her to get off a flight to Dublin, in a series of tearful, profanity-laced videos.

The rapper was set to fly from London’s Gatwick Airport to the Irish capital on Monday morning, ahead of her show at The Academy on Tuesday.

She shared several updates from the airport after getting off from her flight, recounting an incident that apparently occurred when she was on the plane.

Banks said she was on the Aer Lingus flight when a “lady” asked her “some f****** questions”.

“Since I didn’t have an answer for her she went a couple of seats over and she was like staring at me. And I’m looking at her and I’m just like, girl, don’t stare at me. I didn’t fill out your Aer Lingus work application,” she said before accusing the woman of lying about the encounter.

“She goes to the captain of the plane and lies and says that I said like, ‘Don’t stare at me, I’ll sort you out. I’m like, what are you f****** talking about? I’m from New York City. I don’t even say s*** like that, you know? I don’t use that kind of slang.”

She added: “They all just like crowd around me and they’re like chastising me like I’m some f****** animal, you know? Just like, ‘Oh we’re not going to have a problem, we’re not going to have a problem?’ I’m just like, what the f*** is going on, you know?”

Banks said she got off the plane, adding: “I’m just like, s***, I’ve worked too hard in my life to be cornered by some f****** ugly Irish b****. This f****** ugly Irish woman here.”

The rapper then said security workers approached her. She used a racial slur to refer to them.

“All these f****** security n****** come over and they’re just crowding around me, treating me like a f****** wild animal.”

Banks wasn’t immediately sure how she would get to Dublin. She later said her manager had booked her on another flight.

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The rapper said Aer Lingus told her she wouldn’t be able to fly on the airline anymore due to her decision to leave the plane.

“They tried to switch it on me, like, oh, now, you can never fly on Aer Lingus because I got off the plane,” she said.

She threatened to lodge a complaint against the airline in the future.

Aer Lingus confirmed to The Independent that two passengers left a Dublin-bound flight, adding that the plane left with a delay because their luggage had to be retrieved.

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“Aer Lingus can confirm that two guests scheduled to fly on 10:55am flight from London Gatwick to Dublin (EI233) this morning disembarked themselves prior to departure,” the airline said in a statement.

“The guests in question got off the plane safely of their own accord, while all other guests remained on board. As they had luggage in the hold, the flight was delayed while that luggage was sourced.

“The flight departed Gatwick at 12:07 and landed in Dublin at 13:22. Aer Lingus has a strict no-tolerance policy towards disruptive guest behaviour. The safety and security of our guests and crew remains our first priority.”

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