Ryanair passenger who launched tirade at elderly woman denies he is 'racist'

Ryanair David Mesher

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Ryanair passenger who was filmed shouting abuse at an elderly woman has denied he is racist, blaming his outburst on a "fit of temper".

David Mesher was filmed calling 77-year-old Delsie Gayle an “ugly black b*****d”, and shouting “don’t speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow”.

The incident took place on October 19, on a Barcelona to London Stansted flight.

Mr Mesher has now issued a public apology to Ms Gayle, but denies he is racist.

He told ITV's Good Morning Britain that the dispute began over getting to his seat.



"I probably lost my temper a bit and ordered her to get up," he said.


'Just a fit of temper'

Asked if he regretted his use of language, he replied: "Absolutely. I'm not a racist person by any means and it's just a fit of temper at the time, I think.

"I apologise for all the distress you've had there and since."

Ms Gayle has rejected the apology, claiming it will take her "a long time" to get over the incident.

"You must forget and forgive but it's going to take a long time for me to get over what he has done to me," she said.

Her daughter added: "He says he wasn't racist, he wouldn't be saying words like that if he wasn't racist."

Ryanair came under fire from MPs and members of the public for not removing Mr Mesher from the flight after the incident occurred.

Julia Hartley-Brewer discussed the incident on the talkRADIO breakfast show, saying that she agreed with Mrs Gayle's daughter Carol that if a black man had been acting abusively, he would have been removed from the plane.