Elderly black woman racially insulted onboard flight

Marco Green
October 23, 2018

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

Essex Police is investigating after a video appeared on social media showing the man calling Gayle an "ugly black bastard" and "a stupid ugly cow".

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".

"Since the report was made to us our officers have identified both parties involved and are progressing a number of enquiries", the force said.

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

In an interview with ITV News, Gayle, from east London, said the incident had left her feeling very low. So why did he abuse me for that? Because of the colour of my skin.

Footage shows the man, who was recently identified by police, shouting at Gayle to move seats while her daughter tries to stand up to him, telling him her mother is disabled.

Mrs Gayle said she had not been contacted by Ryanair but in a statement given to i, the airline said: "Our customer care team contacted the Gayle family on Sunday (21 October)".

He told staff to move the woman to another seat, adding: "If you don't go to another seat I'll push you to another seat".

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".

Mrs Gayle said she was scared by the man's behaviour on the plane.

The argument is believed to have started because Gayle, who was returning from a holiday created to cheer her up on the one-year anniversary of her husband's death, has arthritis and took some time to move out of the way so the man could be seated.

He told Radio 4's World at One that because Ryanair was registered in Dublin and the plane was on the ground in Spain, UK law did not apply.

He said: "I looked around to see if there was going to be a response from the public, I didn't hear any". "We will be taking this matter further, and disruptive or abusive behavior like this will result in passengers being banned from travel", the airline told the BBC.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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