The Case of the Overbooked British Airways Flight, Starring Gordon Brown
No matter what sort of weekend you had, just be happy you weren't onboard a British Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to London, one which managed to anger not only former British prime minister Gordon Brown, British Airways in general, a Red Cross doctor, and numerous other passengers, but also incited the rage of a very pregnant lady.
The drama, as we understand it from the Daily Mail, began when the overbooked BA flight had to downgrade 6 passengers from Club World to Premium Economy, which then upset 6 more people to economy seats and eventually bumped some economy passengers from the flight altogether, just to accommodate Brown's party in the front of the plane.
Among those displaced? A 6'5" Red Cross doctor and the husband of the woman, who was 7 months pregnant and had purchased Premium Economy seats on purpose for the extra leg room. She, however, stood her ground and managed to not only keep her seat, but use her indignation to get the UK talking about this unfortunate event.
This sort of blatant traveler injustice reminds us of the incident last year, when a United plane, too heavy to fly, unloaded 20 passengers in order of how little they paid for their ticket. So embarrassing, and yet something the airline can get away with.
Brown's camp of course is sticking to the story that their tickets were booked plenty in advance, so the bulk of the blame sits squarely on the shoulder of British Airways, who really messed up when it comes to handling overbookings, in this case.