British Airways

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The Plane Filled With Smoke. Weeks Later, Passengers Are Ill

They say they are having breathing problems; British Airways still not sure of cause

(Newser) - In early August, a British Airways plane en route to Valencia filled up with smoke shortly before landing. Two months later, passengers from BA422 say they still have breathing problems. One woman says she now gets breathless walking uphill; another says he often struggles to breathe and has sores in... More »

British Airways Has to 'Cancel Nearly 100%' of Flights

Pilots are striking for 48 hours amid pay dispute

(Newser) - British Airways says it has had to cancel almost all flights Monday and Tuesday as a result of a pilots' 48-hour strike over pay. In a statement Monday, the airline said it had "no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are... More »

Airlines Abruptly Suspend Flights to Egypt

British Airways and Lufthansa ground flights, with BA citing 'heightened risk of terrorism against aviation'

(Newser) - British Airways and Lufthansa both said Saturday they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security, reports the AP . The British carrier said it was canceling flights to the Egyptian capital for a week, amid what it calls a "heightened risk of terrorism against... More »

Pilot Touches Down in the Wrong Country

British Airways jet received a bogus flight plan, ended up in Scotland, not Germany

(Newser) - A British Airways flight from London to Germany went to Scotland instead, a mistake that no one realized until the plane was on the ground. Passengers were shocked, the Scotsman reports, as was the crew. "The pilot said he had no idea how it had happened," a passenger... More »

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet

AirlineRatings.com reveals its top safety picks of 405 airlines

(Newser) - The world's safest airline for 2019 is also the industry's most experienced, according to AirlineRatings.com . The website, which monitors the safety records of 405 airlines worldwide, considered industry and government audits; crash and incident reports; profitability; safety initiatives; and fleet age in coming up with the 20... More »

Passenger Injured by Obese Fellow Flyer, Suit Claims

A man who flew British Airways two years ago is now suing the company

(Newser) - A plane passenger who flew British Airways from Bangkok to London nearly three years ago is now suing the airline over claims being seated beside an obese person has left with him lasting physical injuries. Per USA Today , Stephen Prosser told UK court officials that he was on a January... More »

Family: We Were 'Covered' in Bedbug Bites After Flight

British Airways says it is investigating

(Newser) - British Airways has apologized to a family who say they had little option but to let the bedbugs bite on a flight from Vancouver to London earlier this month. Heather Szilagyi—a former hotel worker who knows a bedbug when she sees one—says she discreetly alerted a flight attendant... More »

Ryanair Pokes at British Airways Over Crippling IT Failure

CEO Alex Cruz says all issues were 'local' and fixed by 'local resources'

(Newser) - It's close but no cigar for British Airways. The airline has fully restored all its long-haul services out of Heathrow following Saturday's crippling IT failure , but Monday marks the third day of related delays and cancellations, particularly when it comes to short-haul flights. The AP reports BA axed... More »

Tens of Thousands Affected by British Airways IT Failure

All airline's flights canceled out of London's largest airports

(Newser) - British Airways canceled all flights out of London's two largest airports Saturday—the first day of a spring bank holiday weekend in Britain—affecting tens of thousands of travelers. The problem stems from British Airway's IT system, the entirety of which apparently crashed worldwide, the AP reports. According... More »

Drone May Have Hit Plane Landing at Heathrow

British Airways plane landed safely; London police investigating

(Newser) - In what the UK's Civil Aviation Authority says would be "a totally unacceptable" first, a British Airways plane landing at Heathrow appears to have been hit by a drone on Sunday, the BBC reports. The Airbus A320 coming into London from Geneva had 132 passengers and five crew... More »

777 Catches Fire at Las Vegas Airport

14 people injured escaping British Airways plane

(Newser) - An engine on a London-bound British Airways jet caught fire yesterday while the plane was preparing to take off from Las Vegas, shooting flames from the side of the jet and forcing passengers to escape on emergency slides. Billowing black smoke and orange flames could be seen pouring from under... More »

Judge Grills Airline Lawyers Over His Lost Luggage

In a completely unrelated case

(Newser) - Anyone whose luggage has been lost by an airline now has a patron saint in the form of Justice Peter Smith in Britain. When lawyers for British Airways showed up in his court to argue a $4.6 billion price-fixing case, Smith had smaller fish to fry: He wanted to... More »

Stowaway Plunges Out of Plane Over London

2nd stowaway survives on 6K-mile journey from South Africa

(Newser) - Two stowaways clung to a British Airways passenger jet on its 6,000-mile journey from South Africa to London, but police say only one survived the trip, NBC News reports. The plane was 11 hours into its flight and preparing to land at Heathrow Airport yesterday when one of the... More »

Conrad Hilton's Plane Tantrum: Calls Fliers 'Peasants'

And he could get up to 20 years in prison for it

(Newser) - We haven't heard much about Paris Hilton lately, but fear not: little brother Conrad Hilton is here to misbehave in her place. The 20-year-old surrendered to the FBI yesterday over charges that he assaulted and intimidated flight attendants on a British Airways flight from London to LA in July.... More »

Passenger Flight Almost Reaches Supersonic Speed

Trip is 90 minutes shorter than expected

(Newser) - A British Airways flight almost reached supersonic speeds as it zoomed from New York's JFK Airport to London's Heathrow in just five hours and 16 minutes, arriving 90 minutes before it was scheduled. Its ground speed reached 745mph, just under the speed of sound at sea level, which... More »

Guy Sues Airline That Flew Him to Grenada— Not Granada

You say 'tomato,' British Airways gives you 'tomahto'

(Newser) - There are innocent little geography flubs, and then there are the ones that accidentally send travelers 4,000 miles away from their intended destination and result in multi-thousand-dollar lawsuits and snotty headlines. Today we present the latter vis a vis the case of Edward Gamson, a Florida dentist who wanted... More »

British Airways Sorry for 'Discover Indian Ocean' Ad

Ad was planned months ago, airline says

(Newser) - Oops: British Airways has apologized for an ad in which Londoners were urged to "Escape the commute and discover the Indian Ocean." The ad, shown on a video screen at a busy train station, appeared against an ocean-blue background. The airline says the ad was created long before... More »

British Air Jet Rams Airport Building

4 people injured in Johannesburg incident

(Newser) - The wing of a British Airways jet hit an office building at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport last night, while taxiing in preparation for a flight to London. None of the more than 200 people aboard the plane were hurt, but four people in the building were, the BBC... More »

Officials Oppose Right to Wear Crucifix at Work

British government ready to argue case in European court

(Newser) - Christians have no legal right to openly wear a crucifix at work, say British officials—who are planning to argue their case in court. In a landmark legal battle, Britain's government announced it will side against two women who say they were laid off or sidelined for sporting Christian... More »

Oops: Plane Mistakenly Warns Passengers of Crash

False alarm panics people on British Airways flight

(Newser) - It's 3am and you're snoozing on an overnight flight to London when a message plays over the PA: This plane may be about to crash. That's what happened to passengers on a British Airways flight from Miami last week, before the cabin crew told everyone it had... More »

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