Michael O’Leary has called for the burka to be banned in Britain, warning that the country is “leaning over far too much” for minority religions like Islam.
The controversial Ryanair boss’s remarks came it emerged that police had lost track of terror suspect Mohammed Ahemd Mohamed after he left a mosque wearing a burka, a garment worn by some Muslim women that covers the entire body, face and eyes.
Speaking to the Times, he said: “I think we should ban burkas here in the UK. If you go to Saudi Arabia and they say the ladies have to veil up, you respect the local culture. Over here we are leaning over far too much for some of these minority religions.
“If you want to come and live in Western society, I don’t think you should be allowed to walk around with some inalienable right to cover yourself up with only your eyes looking out.”
O’Leary’s comments come as Ryanair has sought to open itself up in a media “charm offensive’, which has seen the airline chief take to Twitter for question and answer sessions and ask passengers for suggestions on how to improve customer service.