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Old Aug 13, 17, 12:35 pm
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rossmacd
 
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Originally Posted by Thomathy View Post
This is a terrible idea. To actually execute it, someone would have to conclude that their savings of a few pounds on a ticket were sufficiently important that they'd be prepared to actively and intentionally delay the next flight and all its passengers (along possibly with multiple subsequent flights), by obliging the baggage handlers to go searching the cargo hold for a bag. A bag offload could be enough to cause a missed take-off slot.

That pre-departure announcement that 'a transfer passenger's bag is loaded but they are not' is a disheartening one at the best of times. How much worse to imagine that it could be intentional.
The idea is absolutely perfectly fine if you inform a BA agent at the Flight Connections desk that you are not travelling further. The bag won't even make it to the aircraft in the first place, hence not delaying an onward service.

I've done this several times, and will continue you to do so. In fact, I'll likely be doing this again next week on my way back from JFK, where I should be (according to my ticket) onward to DUS. I'd rather not go there, so will dump my last leg in favour of heading to ZRH.
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