Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Elderly woman racially attacked on airplane

Elderly woman racially attacked on airplane

The white man calls the woman an "ugly black b******" on the flight from Barcelona to London Stansted and has been seen more than 2.5 million times on social media.

When the woman spoke to him in a Jamaican accent, he responded, "Don't talk to me in a f***ing foreign language, you stupid, ugly cow".

Delsie Gayle told ITV News on Monday that she was left shaken by the incident and unable to eat or sleep, saying that she cries every time she remembers it.

"She's been feeling really down and depressed, so I thought the trip would raise her spirits", Mrs. Gayle's daughter said.

Many others called for a boycott of Ryanair after the incident.

"I'm upset about the whole thing too - the fact that the passenger wasn't taken off the plane and how the situation was dealt with".

In the video, the white man berates the elderly black woman sitting one seat away from him. "No-one said anything. The young man who actually intervened. he was compelled to step forward", Mr Lawrence told BBC Radio 5.

"She said, 'Who are you talking to?"

She said she took her mum, who migrated to the United Kingdom from Jamaica in the 1960s, on holiday to mark the anniversary of her mother's husband's death.

The clip shows the daughter of the elderly woman engaged in an argument with the man, who then starts verbally attacking the 77-year-old.

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The man shrugs off the comment, continuing to demand the woman be moved to another seat.

The airline has faced criticism for not removing the passenger from the flight. "However well done to passenger with black t-shirt that intervened (sic)".

Ryanair has "reported this to the police in Essex and as this is now a police matter, we can not comment further", Robin Kiely, the airline's head of communications, said in a statement.

And this is precisely why Ryanair is now coming under heavy fire online: under any other circumstance, any other flight operator would have kicked off the passenger who caused the trouble, and not allow them to keep their seat and move somebody else around.

Lawrence said that, in the age of social media, "visual is important" and "now the world knows" what happened (The Belfast Telegraph).

"We operate strict guidelines for disruptive passengers and we will not tolerate unruly behavior like this", Ryanair said in a statement to BBC News.

It added: "As this is now a police matter, we can not comment further".

On Sunday, a spokesperson for Ryanair told RT that the incident has been reported to Essex Police, but did not comment on the airline's policy for protecting passengers from racism or verbal abuse.

"I travel a lot, I go to Canada. and no-one has ever said those words to me". "It at least identifies the guy by circulating his image just in case Ryanair claim they can't identify him". There was no extradition arrangement for an offence of this nature, he said, so there might be no charges unless the man handed himself over to the Spanish authorities.

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