Have you been abused by British Airways?

Modern air travel is stressful enough without the abuse that some airlines inflict on passengers. If you are a legitimate victim of airline abuse and reasonable attempts at redress have been ignored or refused by the airline, I encourage you to submit a complaint via the CEDR to send a clear message to the airline that this behaviour will not be tolerated. The process is free if you are successful or £25 if you are unsuccessful. Please let me know about your success stories!

Legal Advice

If you need legal help, I haven't used Bott & Co Solicitors personally but they have some good advice on their website about claiming compensation from airlines and have a no-win no-fee no-risk guarantee.

Record Breaking Fine after British Airways Data Breach

Credit Card Data Breach

British Airways are facing a £183 million fine after a data breach in 2018 where the personal data, including names, addresses, credit card numbers and travel details of approximately 500,000 customers was breached.

This will be the largest fine ever imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The recently introduced GDPR rules allow a company to be fined up to a maximum of 4% of of its turnover.

British Airways has 28 days to appeal.

 

BA Cost Cutting for Short Term Gain

Terminal 5 Check-in

Brian Lait has good insight into British Airways management and has contributed a new article, BA cutting costs for a quick buck in the Cyprus Mail.

"Avaricious" is a new word to me but perfectly personifies the current BA management who seem determined to cut costs and maximise profits for themselves and their shareholders.

While the current management have driven BA down to the 40th most popular airline, and despite the numerous BA disasters of 2017, BA continue to make a profit.

As long as the shareholders are happy, the travelling public are still willing to support the "National Airline" (which frankly is astounding to me) and assuming they aren't cutting corners on safety, then nothing seems likely to change at least in the short term.

Some Advice for British Airways Management

British Airways 747Rowan Jackson has some great advice for British Airways which he shared recently on Linked In.

Rowan flies frequently with British Airways and is a member of the British Airways Future Lab which is supposed to be how British Airways obtains detailed feedback from customers. Unfortunately, it sounds like the feedback is falling on deaf ears.

The article has struck a chord with the travelling public and has been liked over 12,000 times as at the end of July.

Obviously, change is needed and as Rowan says, it might not be too late to save the Airline from disaster assuming someone is still left to listen to the advice.

British Airways Fail After Fail After Fail

Power Plug

Hot on the heels of an IT disaster in May that cost British Airways around £80 million, planned strike action by BA staff is set to disrupt BA flights yet again during July.

It's not especially clear which flights will be affected or even if passengers will be compensated.

The Independent seems to think industrial action can be classed as an "extraordinary circumstance" by the airline so that they can deny claims while MoneySavingExpert.com reports that the Civil Aviation Authority deems it unlikely that a planned strike by the Airline's own staff could be classed as an "extraordinary circumstance" as the airline should have time to make alternative arrangements for passengers.

Finally, the results of the 2017 World Airline Awards by Skytrax have been announced this week with Qatar Airways in the number one spot and British Airways placed in 40th position (one place ahead of easyJet). British Airways last won the award in 2006.

British Airways Mixed Fleet Strike Update (July 2017)

On 30th June, one day before strike action was set to begin, British Airways finally made an announcement about which flights they expect to be cancelled or delayed.

You can read more on the British Airways website.

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Your Stories

What is more serious, to cheat someone out of a large sum or to cheat numerous people out of small amounts? I was downgraded against my will (BA009, 30.12.14) due to BA’s aggressive overselling of seats and my repeated demands for compensation ...
Rene Neef
My wife just called crying after boarding because BA staff would not trouble themselves to effectively find 2 seats together for my wife and 13 year old daughter. Our family trip had to be staggered to minimize time away from home so our tickets ...
Jorge Velasquez
I traveled on BA from San Francisco to Moscow through Heathrow in May of this year.  When I received my luggage (which is was only six months old at the time) it had a smashed corner.  I filed my claim.  BA insists that I follow a ...
Michael Ruckman
On Saturday 23 March 2013, I boarded my scheduled flight BA0057 from Heathrow to Johannesburg with the idea of holiday still excited in my mind. The plane took off and about 3 hours in the pilot come on asking if there are any doctors on board. ...
Damien
My friend Doug and I flew from Orlando to London, via Miami. We arrived in London to find that our golf clubs and suitcases had not made the trip with us. The Customer Service agent at Heathrow told us that the bags were in Miami. She gave us a ...
Jeff Elledge
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 British Airways BA15 Confirmed 9:35 PM Depart Heathrow, London United Kingdom LEISURE ...
Geoff Luxton
Lost a very important bag. Customer service is worthless. Absolutely worthless. No help at all. I'm screwed big time.
Chuck
I am part of a touring band, last Friday we had a gig in Frankfurt. My bass, as always, goes in the hold, I arrived in Frankfurt, bass didn't show up. Had to use a borrowed instrument that night. Returned to London the next day. They sent my bass to ...
Laurence Cottle
A terrible airline that treats customers like units, takes greed and rudeness to another level, and their so called customer relations managers are an utter disgrace, to think they are Britains flagship carrier is a very sad indictment as to how ...
simon holmes
Such a shame to see the ongoing demise of this once known as 'worlds favourite airline'. I won't spend unnecessary time explaining in minute detail what's happened but instead focus in key facts. 1. Went to change date of paid bus class ticket. ...
Mr K

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