Ryanair ‘racism’ victim told to expect to give police statement

Ryanair ‘racism’ victim told to expect to give police statement

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

Delsie Gayle, 77, who was called an “ugly black bastard” and told “don’t speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow”, will now be able to give police a statement about the incident, her daughter said.

Footage of the abuse taken by a fellow passenger was captured on Ryanair flight FR015 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.

Mrs Gayle appeared with her daughter Carol on ITV’s This Morning (ITV/PA)
Mrs Gayle appeared with her daughter Carol on ITV’s This Morning (ITV/PA)

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”.

She also called for a public apology from the airline.

"A public apology to mum is what we would like," she said.

Mrs Gayle told presenters Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes said she was scared by the man’s behaviour on the plane, adding: “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.

“I go to Canada, I go to Jamaica and never.”

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.”

- Press Association

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