Ryanair racist abuse: Man filmed racially abusing woman identified

Irving Hamilton
October 23, 2018

Airline Ryanair has been criticised for failing to remove the passenger and instead making the woman move.

The man launched a furious tirade at 77-year-old Delsie Gayle, threatening to push her from her seat and saying: "Don't speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow".

The video, uploaded to social media by Briton David Lawrence, showed a man hurling racist insults at elderly black woman Delsie Gayle sitting in the same row and demanding she move seats onboard a flight from Barcelona to London on Friday.

She said he threatened to continue verbally abusing her, telling staff: "I do what I want to do".

"Since the report was made to us our officers have identified both parties involved and are progressing a number of enquiries", the force said.

The woman who was subject to the abuse said she felt "very low" about the incident. So why did he abuse me for that? Because of the colour of my skin ...

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Mrs Gayle said she had not been contacted by Ryanair but in a statement given to i, the airline said: "Our customer care team contacted the Gayle family on Sunday (21 October)". "If I had done that to him, I'm sure they would have called the police". "I didn't say anything".

She said: "It's coming up to a year of my dad's death, so I thought I'd take my mum away just for a little mini-break".

Her daughter, who had been with her mother on the flight, added that they had not received an apology from the airline. "He should have been moved or taken off the plane and nothing was done ..." Nobody has apologised. We've not had nothing.

Mrs Gayle, who is disabled, said she was unwilling to use Ryanair ever again.

The incident was described by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, as "totally unacceptable". There was no extradition arrangement for an offence of this nature, he said, so there could be no charges unless the man handed himself over to the Spanish authorities. "I doubt whether he's going to do that", Turner said.

Ryanair has said it can not comment on the incident as it has been referred to police.

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