Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Airport worker spoke Polish

"VANCOUVER - Minutes after Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski picked up a Vancouver airport computer and threw it at a glass wall, a Pol-ish-speaking airport worker wandered into the facility's operations centre to pick up some paperwork.

Slovakian immigrant Karol Vrba was in the room on Oct. 14 when the pair of calls came in reporting Mr. Dziekanski's erratic behaviour, but was never asked to help, even though he is conversant in Polish and Russian, the language bystanders told authorities the 40-year-old Pole was speaking.

"I feel really upset because I saw that video of what they did to him and it could have been prevented. Definitely," he said yesterday."

And nobody thought to yell out: "Anyone here speak Polish?"