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 'worst airline for baggage problems'

A recent survey of 2,007 airline passengers by insurance company LV claims UK passengers travelling with major airlines experience the most baggage problems when they fly with British Airways. Apparently one in 3.8 British Airways passengers have had their baggage lost, damaged, or delayed in the past five years.

This is more than twice as many as the next worst performing airline, Virgin Atlantic where one in 8.3 Virgin passengers reported experiencing baggage problems.

British Airways seem to be in denial, claiming the figure is "complete rubbish" and  that, "there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a quarter of BA passengers have experienced lost or delayed baggage over the last five years."

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

British Airways Worst to UK

According to a Choice consumer survey, Australians rated British Airways the worst airline when flying from Australia to the UK. Ratings were compiled from 10 categories including cost, in-flight food, in-flight service, timeliness and baggage allowance. Travellers were asked to score airlines out of 100 and British Airways only scored 57. Singapore Airlines had the best score with 81 out of 100.

Some airlines "just don't get it", one traveller noted, and should travel on Singapore Airlines "to see how it is done".

For more details, see the story in the Sydney Morning Herald.

British Airways Second Worst in Europe for Lost Luggage

British Airways has one of the worst track records When it comes to losing luggage. According to an article in the Independent from February 2008, "British Airways lost more baggage per flight last year than almost any other airline in Europe."

Figures for 2007 released by the Air Transport Users Council show that British Airways delayed 26.5 bags per 1,000 compared to a European-wide average of 16.6 bags. The only airline in Europe with a worse track record was TAP Air Portugal (27.8 delayed bags per 1,000).

The article further states that British Airways record is getting worse with an additional 3.5 bags lost per 1,000 in 2007 compared to the previous year.

What Happens to my lost luggage?

Would you believe that in London they auction it? The Evening Standard has reported that bags lost at Heathrow and not reunited with their owners within three months (or sometimes less) are auctioned off! Apparently, electronic equipment is removed from the bags and sold separately. So maybe you can try some auction houses in London for your missing bags and electronic equipment!

If you are in the US, you might like to try the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro in Alabama who, according to their web site, "buy unclaimed baggage and cargo by the truckload" including jewelry, clothing and electronic goods.

I am starting to wonder how much money the airlines are making from unclaimed baggage and if this has anything to do with why some airlines lose so many bags!

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Your Stories

Pre-booked a seat at a price for a friend, and on check-in, seat was not available.  Demanded a refund, and one idiot told me the payment will be made to refund the money, and they were sorry for the inconvenience. Later, and much later some ...
I S Bhandal
Worst airline customer service ever. The call center is challenged in using English and will cancel your ticket if you have mobility issues. Worst airline I have dealt with for disability related concerns. They have a rule that only allows you ...
Kathie
Booked an international flight through American Airlines and for 3 legs of the round-trip journey they put me on British Airways. Didn't realize how much I would hate this. British Airways charges you $15 (at least) per flight per person to pick ...
Derek
To this airline, all passengers are a major inconvenience, between, them taking your payment and dumping you off at your destination.Such is the arrogance of the airline, you must demonstrate to them, that it is a privilage for YOU to fly with ...
ISB
BA sells "airport upgrades" from one class of service to next, I discovered.  They're not cheap, but to avoid the back of the plane ... Go to Biz lounge.  Can't do it. You've done it too many times this year.  (The mind simply ...
Stephen
Our holiday of a lifetime from Australia to the UK in 2007 was spoiled by abysmal British Airways "customer service". We booked through Qantas and didn't really want to fly BA but they operate a code share service where we flew Qantas to Singapore ...
Neil Robertson
Viewpoint: Regarding the Michael Brown incident Get served liquor then get arrested... limeys? Sounds set-uppish to me... God bless Andrew Jackson and Lafitte for whoopin their Brit A_ _es! DONT FLY BA! 
EL BRUJO
Some time ago, I cheerfully signed up for the British Airways Visa card, with its offer of 100,000 miles and - if I charged $30,000 to the card in the first year - a free companion ticket.  I guess I should have listened to my old ma's sage advice ...
Phil C
After the July 2014 fiasco where BA lost the luggage of 1000 passengers, BA has managed to fail yet again. I took flight BA099 from T5 London to Toronto 16 December 2015 with some 200 passengers. Upon arrival in Toronto and after watching an empty ...
Livid in Toronto
So it's March 29th, the day after Storm Katie and Flight 778 from LHR to Stockholm is delayed for over three hours.  It's not because of the storm (all the other flights from here are going on time) - it's because there is no crew to fly ...
Geoff

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