Ryanair racism: Essex Police pass details to Spain authorities

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 24, 2018

He states "If that was another situation where that was a Black man doing that to an elderly white woman, they would have escorted him off the flight".

The woman, Delsie Gayle, 77, said she had been left stunned and depressed after a man shouted at her to move seats as they boarded a plane last Friday.

The woman who was subject to the abuse said she felt "very low" about the incident.

She continued: "I feel really depressed about it".

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

Ryanair apparently did not remove the man from the flight, instead moving Gayle from her seat.

In fact, she was actually asked to move her seat by a flight attended who (of course) heard nothing and the white man's request was met.

Delsie Gayle was racially abused by a fellow passenger on a Barcelona to London Stansted flight.

The man launched the abuse after Gayle, who has arthritis, didn't stand up immediately to allow the man to pass her to his seat, Gayle's daughter told The Huffington Post.

Her daughter Carol, 53, came to her defence at the time and told him her mother was disabled to which he replied, that he couldn't care "whether she's f**king disabled or not - if I tell her to get out, she gets out".

"I go to Canada, I go to Jamaica and never".

Gayle, in an interview with British media, said "He pays his fare, I pay mine".

Gayle's daughter, who treated her to a trip to Barcelona on the one-year anniversary of her husband's passing, told ITV, "On the plane it was unprofessional, and after it was unprofessional. If I had done that to him, I'm sure they would have called the police", she said. Nobody has apologised. We've not had nothing.

The British transport secretary, Chris Grayling, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he hoped "police would want to take action in such an extraordinarily unacceptable case". 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.

Ryanair tweeted on Sunday that it could not comment further because the incident was now a police matter.

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