Published: Tue, October 23, 2018

'Shocked and depressed': Delsie Gayle speaks about racist rant on Ryanair flight

'Shocked and depressed': Delsie Gayle speaks about racist rant on Ryanair flight

The incident, on a flight from Barcelona to Stansted on Friday, was recorded by a fellow passenger and shared on social media.

Ryanair staff did not remove the man from the flight but instead moved the woman to a different seat on the flight.

"The prime minister has always been clear that racial abuse is abhorrent".

Social media users condemned the lack of action taken against the man, with MPs Chris Grayling and David Lammy among those urging police to take action.

A spokeswoman for Essex Police said: "This incident.is believed to have taken place on a plane at Barcelona Airport".

"The reason we don't know is Ryanair is not telling us anything", she said.

It asked anyone with information to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. A male flight attendant with his back to Lawrence's camera apparently attempts to calm the situation, to little effect.

The black woman at one point tells the man, "You smell". "He probably would have ended up in a Spanish jail even today".

They reported to BBC News that "it will not tolerate unruly behavior like this" and has referred the incident to Essex Police. The airline declined to comment further. Her daughter took her on vacation in hopes of cheering her up.

A disabled widow in her 70s who was the victim of a racist tirade on a Ryanair flight said the incident left her in shock and unable to eat and sleep.

He said he had been criticised as "childish" by one passenger for filming. "Shame on the bystanders".

Lawrence, 56, told The Post that he spoke with the mother and daughter after the flight and said they were both disappointed and disgusted.


Gayle has arthritis and was slow to stand up from her aisle seat when the man wanted to get to his window seat. Move your feet now.

Questions have been raised over the capability of Ryanair's cabin crew to deal with situations involving abusive passengers. "It's all wrong, I just believe they need more training". What have I seen in the past?

Image: The woman's mother can be seen speaking to the man at the start of the footage.

"Don't tell me what to do".

"He did it with me and he gets away, he'll do it to somebody else", she added. Then he called her an "ugly f***ing cow". I go to my bed and say 'what have I done?' I haven't done anything for you to attack me.

"I thought the flight attendant was going to call someone and escort the man off the flight", Lawrence told The Post.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: 'Surely Ryanair should be contacting this woman and apologising for the racist abuse she suffered?'

The Fórsa trade union which represents Irish-based pilots and cabin crew has said the man should have been removed from the aircraft.

The retired care assistant had been on holiday with her daughter to raise her spirits a year after the death of her husband of more than 50 years.

'My mother has worked her all of her life, paid her taxes and her dues, ' her daughter added.

Lawrence said his parents were part of that wave of Caribbean immigrants in the 1940s and 1950s. "There was no way of us sharing that with the world".

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