Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has called for extra checks for Muslim men at airports as “that is where the threat is coming from”.
The budget airline chief, 58, believes terror suspects flagged at airports would “generally be males of a Muslim persuasion”.
Mr O’Leary made the controversial comments in an interview with The Times.
Mr O’Leary said: “Who are the bombers? They are going to be single males travelling on their own.
“If you are travelling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero.
“You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion.”
He added: “Thirty years ago it was the Irish. If that is where the threat is coming from, deal with the threat.”