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 Fail After Fail After Fail

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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.

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

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I received some good news today from a passenger who submitted a claim via the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution after British Airways incorrecly stopped her boarding her flight.

The passenger was able to complete the first leg of her journey on an alternative airline but was let down yet again on the return journey as British Airways had classed their initial failure as a "No Show" and cancelled her return flight.

After many months of struggle, the CEDR Airline Adjudicator has finally found in my favour. BA did an about turn and did not defend its indefensible behaviour. The outcome is well worth the extra effort.

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The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution independently resolves disputes between passengers and subscribing airlines including British Airways (since June 2016).

Successful claims are free. Unsuccessful claimants are charged £25 presumably to minimise frivolous claims.

I'd love to hear about other success stories whether passengers used the CEDR or not.

High Court Judge Stood Aside from British Airways Case

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Even a High Court Judge can't get a straight answer from British Airways about lost luggage.

Judge Peter Smith was apparently so irate about his own lost luggage, he threatened to order British Airways’s Chief Executive to the court to explain why a whole plane load of luggage could go missing.

The BA legal team didn't think it was appropriate for the Judge to be raising a personal grievance while presiding over an unrelated £3billion case and Judge Smith was removed from the case.

You can read more about this story on the Daily Mail and Telegraph websites.

This is the Judge I'd wan't presiding over any legal battle with BA!

More on Aerotoxic Syndrome

Former airline cabin crew Dee and Tania were interviewed on the Richie Allen Show this week about the very real dangers of aerotoxic syndrome which the airlines don't seem to be taking seriously.

This is not only an issue for cabin crew and pilots but for all airline passengers on commercial aircraft except maybe on the Boeing 787 which is the only commercial passenger aircraft that does not ventilate the cabin with bleed air.

It seems likely that sooner or later the airlines will face massive damages claims and will be forced to pay compensation to affected passengers and crew.

For more on aerotoxic syndrome see https://aerotoxic.org and http://www.toxicfreeairlines.com.

You can also read the recently released book by John Hoyte, "Aerotoxic Syndrome: Aviation’s Darkest Secret" and watch out for the upcoming movie, "A Dark Reflection".

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Your Stories

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
My wife and I flew BA from Orlando, Florida to Edinburgh. Our tickets required us to bus from Gatwick to Heathrow for the connection. This was a problem for my wife, as her knees were giving her fits. So we explained to the ticket agent in Orlando ...
Jeff Elledge
BA is really the worst airlines to travel in. I cannot make any changes to my online booking! When I call their inefficient customer care service no one picks up. For the cost of their ticket, they ought to be giving a lot more. This is really the ...
MS
Having gone through the experience of trying to use my AVIOs miles, and then having gone through the internet and found the number of people disgusted with British Airways, I think we need to have a more organized approach to blackballing this ...
George Christakis
Travel on 28/03/16 from Heathrow to Frankfurt  Summary: BA have just screwed up big time, totally ruining our holiday. Unbelievable as it may sound, our experience was as follows: Cancel our first flight and push us to next day Block us ...
Ray Collington
They cancelled my flights and I can't even get through on the telephone to them for a refund to book with another airline. I don't have the funds to do so unless I get my money back off British Airways, can only get a shitty voucher online which is ...
Andrew Ellis
My BA flights to China were cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. I was advised that I could change my travel plans and use the value of the booked flights to book other flights and accommodation - this was not true as BA holidays were not able to ...
Gordon Crosthwaite
Landed in Dublin from the US with no luggage. I've now been here 6 days still with no luggage and no updates. Customer service does not exist - the number goes to India who transfers me to a phone number that just rings and rings and rings. I have ...
LAURA J GREENBAUM
This is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to you this morning. I received a call from my mother in SA this morning to advise me that my father passed away at 6am this morning. No I am fully aware that this is not your problem, but this is ...
Dawid Louw
My wife and I booked Premium Economy seats on a British Airways (BA) Heathrow-to-Chicago flight because our travel "day" was going to last 30 hours if all went well. Upon boarding, she reported her seat as malfunctioning. Flight attendants ...
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