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

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
Dear British Airways, I suggest you remove the word 'British' from your name. Just 'Airways' describes far more accurately the quality of your shabby airline and why drag the rest of us in Britain down with you? I don't think there are many British ...
David Allsopp
I was flying with them to get to Madrid, and had to spend the night in madrid to catch a flight to Athens, the plane had engine trouble and they could not get me to Madrid on time the next morning to catch my connection. I told them that at the ...
Daniel Le
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
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
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
I was coming back to Australia from Munich. I had booked a World Traveller Plus fare. 24 hours before the flight from Munich, I tried to check-in online, but the site would not allow me. When I arrived at Heathrow with 4 hours to spare, I was told I ...
Wendy Tan
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
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
I had a semi flexible ticket from london to Brussels. I was sick during the night and assumed that I would be able to use the ticket for another flight (ticket was over £338 - I am a gold member) - how wrong was I! BA treats "no shows" as ...
jutta

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