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PETER01 Apr 26, 17 6:57 pm

BA offloads couple at Portuguese military base over business class row [LGW-KIN]
 
It reads as a couple who demanded to move from Y to J, a dispute took place apparently filmed by the couple themselves and it diverted to Terceira, a Portugese Air Force Base in the mid Atlantic.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ess-class-row/

Not a decision the Captain would have taken lightly to divert and land.

madfish Apr 26, 17 7:07 pm

Unfortunately there is not much to go on in the article. Sounds like the couple needed to be removed so sure this is not a decision the captain would have taken lightly, whereas the article seems to want to spin it as another case of BA bashing.

Would also suggest that this threads title is also slightly misleading (at least to me) as it suggests some form of overbooking which does not appear to be the case here.

Hopefully more will come out in the wash.

Edit. According to thebasource the crew had insufficient hours to complete the journey so the plane was flown back to LGW.

cornishsimon Apr 26, 17 7:08 pm

I understand that the aircraft and remaining passengers returned to LGW due to crew not having sufficient time left to reach the destination !!!!

Great pic of an Airbus A32x in the article ;)
cs

PETER01 Apr 26, 17 7:12 pm


Originally Posted by madfish (Post 28234324)
Unfortunately there is not much to go on in the article. Sounds like the couple needed to be removed so sure this is not a decision the captain would have taken lightly, whereas the article seems to want to spin it as another case of BA bashing.

Would also suggest that this threads title is also slightly misleading (at least to me) as it suggests some form of overbooking which does not appear to be the case here.

Hopefully more will come out in the wash.

I'm sure more may come but misleading I can't see that as the plane diverted which is the title!

Anyhow, titles are a matter for the Moderators so I'll leave it up to them.

When I Travel The World Apr 26, 17 7:47 pm

Says they wanted economy to first class in the article.

I can't wait to hear the reason why they wanted that upgrade.

rickg523 Apr 26, 17 8:09 pm


Originally Posted by When I Travel The World (Post 28234443)
Says they wanted economy to first class in the article.

I can't wait to hear the reason why they wanted that upgrade.

I'll bet it has something to do with alcohol. And maybe the mistaken notion, s​​​​​omewhat common among infrequent flyers, that once the doors close, you can sit in any empty seat. After all, it's empty, all the seats are going to the same place anyway and you're leaving an empty seat in exchange. So it must be allowed.

JAXBA Apr 26, 17 8:18 pm


Originally Posted by madfish (Post 28234324)
According to thebasource the crew had insufficient hours to complete the journey so the plane was flown back to LGW.

http://thebasource.com/british-airwa...ck-diversions/

Which also means it was the LGW-KIN flight that diverted. (Have requested {another} thread retitle as currently showing the reverse.) :p

PETER01 Apr 26, 17 8:24 pm


Originally Posted by JAXBA (Post 28234516)


http://thebasource.com/british-airwa...ck-diversions/

Which also means it was the LGW-KIN flight that diverted. (Have requested {another} thread retitle as currently showing the reverse.) :p

Oops, thanks for the correction re the route as I got the flight the wrong way around! :D

PETER01 Apr 26, 17 8:28 pm


Originally Posted by rickg523 (Post 28234500)
I'll bet it has something to do with alcohol.

That was my first thoughts as well but I am sure the story will unfold in time.


Originally Posted by rickg523 (Post 28234500)
And maybe the mistaken notion, s​​​​​omewhat common among infrequent flyers, that once the doors close, you can sit in any empty seat. After all, it's empty, all the seats are going to the same place anyway and you're leaving an empty seat in exchange. So it must be allowed.

I like the way you've written that as that would appear to be very logical! :)

redadeco Apr 26, 17 10:26 pm

LGW-KIN not the other way.

BobbySteel Apr 27, 17 1:33 am

Maybe they were on a 2-4-1 and got downgraded, then someone else no-showed leaving the seat open :)

obduro Apr 27, 17 2:17 am

On tenterhooks waiting for the full facts....

shefgab Apr 27, 17 2:54 am

I think all this mentioning of the "Portugese Air Force Base" is just a red herring. I've been to TER, and it's a normal airport for the most part, much like any airport that shares a runway (e.g. DRW) with the military. I guess it's more dramatic that just saying "it diverted". The headline makes it sound like it was a military arrest/diversion/detention.

T8191 Apr 27, 17 2:57 am

Still waiting for clarity on the Telegraph report. Were they wanting to move to Business Class or First Class??

Waterhorse Apr 27, 17 2:59 am


Originally Posted by T8191 (Post 28235287)
Still waiting for clarity on the Telegraph report. Were they wanting to move to Business Class or First Class??

Not sure why that it is important, what am I missing?


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