ANTONIO GIOIA: “I’m not a racist.
I’m not anti-white.
I have never done anything like that.”
But he was adamant he would not be in the cabin if his name was on the list.
The 20-year-old, who is of Italian descent, was born in the United States and grew up in a town in South Africa called Roodepoort, before moving to South Africa in 2008.
He studied to be a doctor in the US and moved to New York in 2014.
He says he has no problem with the names on the blacklist, but that he would never fly with them.
“I am a white American, so there is no reason for me to be on the airplane,” he said.
But when asked if he would take the seat if his names were on the aircraft, Gioias response was blunt.
“Absolutely not,” he answered.
They should be banned.
I would never do that.
I don’t see how I would fly with the name ‘Dazzy’ on it.
It is racist.
They could just put a label on the name.
And I don’t know if I would even be allowed to fly with it.”
And the last thing I want is the name on the air.
I just want to get to work.
“Gioia, who was born and raised in New York, says he was “absolutely” not on board the flight.”
They were telling me to do it, and they didn’t even say if I was on or not.
I mean, I don ‘t think I could even stand up.
“What they were doing was to try and intimidate me, and to make me feel uncomfortable, because I was born here and I am a citizen.”
So if they had any evidence, then they would give me a warning and say that’s not allowed.
“But the airline refused to comment.
Gioias father, Peter Gioiah, says his son has never done such a thing.”
My son is very much like his father, very humble and very much a positive person.
He doesn’t have any negative views, so I don t know why he would do something like that,” he told RTE.”
But he is always respectful and tries to do his best.
He is a good kid.
“He has been to a few universities, so he knows the world.
He has done well.”
Peter Gioiams son has a history of racist behaviour, including an incident when he said his parents were “not racist”.
The father says he does not have any racial problems with his son.
“He has never made any racist remarks, he is just very humble.
He always tries to be positive and always tries his best,” he explained.
But Peter Giamia says he would still consider flying with the airline if it were to blacklist his son on the basis of his name.
“Well, I would have to reconsider, because that would be against my values, I’m sure,” he added.
Giaias father has contacted the airline, but has not heard back yet.