Ryanair ‘racist’ identified by police

Ryanair ‘racist’ identified by police

Julia Hartley-Brewer discusses the Ryanair 'racist' incident and says: 'If he was a black man, he would have been removed'

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A man who was filmed verbally abusing an elderly woman on a Ryanair flight has been identified, police said.

Delsie Gayle, 77, was called an “ugly black b*****d” and told “don’t speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow”.

Mrs Gayle will now be able to give a police statement about the incident, her daughter said.

The abuse was captured on camera during a Ryanair flight at Barcelona Airport on October 19, before it left for London Stansted.

On Tuesday, Essex Police said it had "worked to identify both parties involved in this incident", adding that the information had passed to the Spanish authorities who are heading the investigation.

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. 

 

'I do what I want to do' 

Speaking on ITV's This Morning on Tuesday, Mrs Gayle's daughter Carol said police had advised her that "by Thursday they should be coming to mum for a statement".

Mrs Gayle said: "He was shouting - he went over and he said to the assistant 'get this ugly black bastard away from me'. I didn't say anything."

She said he threatened to continue verbally abusing her, telling staff: 'I do what I want to do. If you don't move her, I'll carry on'.

"I was so frightened."

Mrs Gayle added: "I travel a lot, and I have never had this kind of reaction."

The pair added they would "never" fly with Ryanair again. 

Mrs Gayle's daughter had arranged the trip in an attempt to cheer her mother up a year after she was widowed.

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.

"Mum was already feeling low because of Dad, and now with Ryanair it's made her feel more depressed."