Ryanair plane incident: Passenger denies he's a racist and tries to explain his horrific rant 9 months ago

Ryanair plane incident: Passenger denies he's a racist and tries to explain his horrific rant

The lady that was racially abused has refused his apology.

The Ryanair passenger that was filmed launching a racist tirade at an elderly woman on a flight has apologised and denied that he is a racist.

David Mesher was on a flight from Barcelona to Stansted on 19 October when he began insulting Delsie Gayle.

During their flight to Spain, Mr Mesher called Mrs Gayle an "ugly black bastard" and then shouted at her not to speak to him in a foreign language.

During an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain, Mesher said that he was "not a racist person by any means" and it was "just a fit of temper at the time".

Mr Mesher also said that the dispute with Mrs Gayle began over getting to his seat because “she didn’t seem to want to get up”.

"I probably lost my temper a bit and ordered her to get up. I'm not a racist person by any means and it's just a fit of temper at the time, I think. I apologise for all the distress you've had there and since," he said.

Mrs Gayle, 77,  has rejected his apology.

Asked if she accepted the apology, Mrs Gayle said: "I don't think so. You must forget and forgive but it's going to take a long time for me to get over what he has done to me."

Officers from Essex Police are currently investigating the incident.