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British Airways SACKS stewardess behind racist Snapchat rant against Nigerian passengers



Probe: British Airways has sacked air stewardess Joanne Wickenden for making racist comments about Nigerian passengers in a Snapchat video.
Probe: British Airways has sacked air stewardess Joanne Wickenden for making racist comments about Nigerian passengers in a Snapchat video.
British Airways today sacked a stewardess who posted a racist Snapchat rant attacking Nigerian passengers after she was called in for a two-hour meeting with bosses.
Joanne Wickenden sparked outrage after recording the racist clip in her BA uniform before flying from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday night.  
In a statement today the airline said 'she no longer works for British Airways', adding: '​We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when they are representing British Airways.' 
The 23-year-old, who wants to be an actress, told friends 'I am not a racist' and claimed the sickening video was just a joke. 
She told MailOnline: 'I have been framed by another BA employee. They were encouraging me, egging me on to say things. They were recording me and sent it around to our friends.'
She added: 'I don't want to fly anymore.' 
A friend said that the other colleague wanted her to impersonate what goes on on the flight. 
A source told MailOnline that the video - which was captioned 'I can't cope with this flight' - was circulated among 'horrified' BA cabin crew who are 'very concerned'.
Axed: Ms Wickenden, 23, sparked outrage after recording the racist clip in her BA uniform before flying from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday night.
Axed: Ms Wickenden, 23, sparked outrage after recording the racist clip in her BA uniform before flying from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday night.
Ms Wickenden said: 'I have been framed by another BA employee. They were encouraging me, egging me on to say things. They were recording me and sent it around to our friends.'
The air stewardess was called to a meeting today with BA bosses where her employment was terminated.
Ms Wickenden said: 'I have been framed by another BA employee. They were encouraging me, egging me on to say things. They were recording me and sent it around to our friends.' 
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The 5ft 11in air hostess, who made the racist film, says she has been single for two years as she boasted about her job on Plenty of Fish.



Another shocked staff member said BA should apologise to its Nigerian passengers.   
In the expletive-filled footage, Ms Wickenden said: 'All Nigerians are going to be asking for f****** upgrades' - after claiming the men would need more leg room in an apparent joke about the size of their privates.
During the one-minute clip she also revealed how she was going to deal with passengers on the six-hour flight. 
She said: '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. 
All the Nigerians are gonna be there like 'gimme Coca Cola, gimme me beef, why you have no beef left? I want beef.'
The blonde woman was describing her flight to Nigeria
British Airways has now launched an investigation
 Sacked: A source told MailOnline that the video - which was captioned 'I can't cope with this flight' - was circulated among 'horrified' BA cabin crew who are 'very concerned'.
Selfies: Joanne Wickenden posted a series of sultry selfies to the dating website Plenty of Fish and said she 'misses male company'
Selfies: Joanne Wickenden posted a series of sultry selfies to the dating website Plenty of Fish and said she 'misses male company'
After shocked crew reported the video to British Airways the airline has launched investigation
After shocked crew reported the video to British Airways the airline has launched investigation
'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.'
An airline source told MailOnline: 'My friend was horrified. BA has a culture of dealing with things like this internally, she passed it to me because she was concerned that nothing was done.'



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