The British Airways stewardess behind a racist Snapchat rant against Nigerian passengers demanding ‘f***ing upgrades’ the lady is an aspiring actress who hunted for male company on the Plenty of Fish dating website.
Joanne Wickenden, being investigated by the airline, described herself as a ‘Princess’ who likes a laugh as she boasted about her job as a flight attendant on the site. The 23-year-old, a member of mixed fleet cabin crew, sparked outrage after recording the racist clip in her BA uniform before flying from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday night.
Ms Wickenden, who is believed to have been suspended, refused to comment about the video at the home she shares with her mother and father in Fareham, Hampshire.
But a close friend defended the flight attendant saying, the film was recorded by a BA colleague, saying: ‘She’s not racist, it was a joke between two friends. It wasn’t meant to be racist. She is not saying she dislikes Nigerians and she’s not saying that anyone is better than anyone else.’