British Airways passengers have responded rapidly to the revelation that travellers on the airline's cheapest tickets will be held back at the departure gate until everyone else is on board. Many reactions to the “pay least, board last” policy were negative. Instead of competing with the Aldi and Lidl of the airline world they should have stuck to offering more and costing more.
British Airways passengers paying the lowest fares on European flights will be kept back at the departure gate until everyone else has boarded the plane. On 12 December, the carrier will introduce a “group boarding” system on all its flights. “This number will then be displayed prominently on the boarding pass, printed or mobile,” says British Airways in an internal newsletter.
When travelling around the world, vegetarians often have hard luck. And a vegetarian diet combined with an economy class airline meal is, some might say, asking for failure.
On the day that a late-summer slump in tourism from North America to Britain was revealed, the US government warned American travellers of the risk of terror attacks anywhere in Europe as the festive season gets under way. “The Department of State alerts US citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season,” the travel alert reads.
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As pre-Christmas travel accelerates, rail passengers planning inter-city journeys face multiple problems from strikes and engineering works. Christmas markets are getting under way in London, York and Edinburgh this weekend, with those in Birmingham and Manchester already open.