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.

British Airways Fined over Dodgy Advertising

british-airways-finedBritish Airways failed to disclose all the relevant fees associated with their fares and has been fined $125,000 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. They could be fined up to $250,000 if there are any more rule violations within the next year.

Apparently fees such as government taxes and fuel surcharges were not included in the advertised fares and should have been.

BA were also reprimanded for "a policy of not compensating passengers whose cash, jewelry or electronics in checked bags were lost, stolen or damaged" in contravention of an international airline treaty.

From personal experience, I am aware BA makes it very hard to claim compensation, but I had no idea it was enshrined in a policy document!

You can read more about this story on the Bloomberg Businessweek website.

https://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-10-01/us-fines-british-airways-250-000-over-fare-claims

"Thiefrow" Airport

sunglassesMy own experience of Heathrow airport is so bad I have vowed to never fly through Heathrow again.

The latest Heathrow victim is celebrity Kim Kardashian who has accused baggage handlers of removing a pair of sunglasses from her bag.

Apparently pilfering was so bad at one stage that the airport earned the dubious title of "Thiefrow".

You can read more about this story on the Telegraph website.

More Comedy from British Airways

I was under the impression that most folks these days know better than to joke about bombs or terrorists especially when air travel is involved.

I'm not sure what Mathew Davis, a British Airways steward, was thinking when he wrote, “The bomb on board will explode at 16.00 GMT unless our demands are met" on the back of a toilet door during a recent flight from Tokyo to London.

British airways have also failed to see the funny side of this and he has apparently been suspended.

Mr Davis was arrested after the plane touched down. He has been charged and will appear later this month in court.

You can read more about this story on the Telegraph website.

Great Crash Joke (not!)

During a recent BA flight from Miami to Heathrow, passengers were treated to a recorded announcement explaining the plane was about to crash. Just for fun, it was played a second time! Passengers didn't see the joke and were apparently screaming in fear of their lives.

A short time later, an announcement instructed passengers to ignore the warning as it had been mistakenly aired.

Just in case passengers didn't appreciate the joke, they were issued with written apologies as they left the plane.

Apparenly there was a similar inclident on another BA flight from Heathrow to Hong Kong last year.

To maximise the effect of the prank, maybe BA should screen an airline disaster movie before these announcements!

You can read more about this story on the Telegraph website.

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Your Stories

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Rich Siegel
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Remy
I would be extremely grateful for any quick replies to this query as the CEDR adjudication date is upon us in a few days and BA have only now just submitted a number of documents in their defence despite several months of completely ignoring us. As ...
SJ McLellan
I was traveling with my wife and 7 month old daughter, while I was helping my wife make my daughter comfortable I requested for a glass of warm water, the stewardess who was busy chatting up another passenger on what sushi she likes, asked me to get ...
Allen
Even when I call BA silver line, wait times exceed 45 minutes in the US. This is ridiculous as no one has 45 min during the day to wait. How poor and uncaring can BA be? Every time you call they say they are experiencing long wait times and they ...
Vikram
We got stuck in a fatal accident traffic jam at Montelimar in France. Realising that we were going to miss our 4pm flight we called (on a mobile) to BA Customer Service. They booked us on the next flight 7.15 and took all the payment details. The ...
Jonathon Howard
We saved supermarket points for 1 1/2 years, so that we could convert them into air miles, hence pay for our flights to go and get married in the British Virgin islands. We finally saved enough miles to book our tickets. Little did we know the ...
Khi
I had boarded from new delhi in the mid of the night, they served a simple bread butter breakfast and landed in London. And after 2 hours layoff in heathrow I took another british airways flight to Washington DC,2.5 hrs after borarding the flight ...
Praveen
We booked a package holiday through BA and have just had the most awful and upsetting experience. Firstly we booked for disability assistance for myself - I have RA and Fibromyalgia and for our sons who both have autism and anxiety- we did not ...
Sarah Redmond
Booked a Flight in March to go on a Golf trip in October with about 16 friends.  Half of us were going out on the Thursday and the Other half on Friday at 7 a.m. to make the start of the 4 day Golf Tourney. I was 100% in error and showed up Friday ...
Rob Johnston

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