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28 March 2011 :: 12:03:00 pm 52174

British Airways Downgraded Passengers For Gordon Brown?

Travellers of British Airways were furious when the airline downgraded passengers from business class to economy class on an international flight, as the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown also boarded the plane.
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According to the Daily Mail, before the flight departed from Oman, passengers were told they would have to move to a lower class due to an “overbooking problem”.

At check-in, several passengers were informed that their seats were changed from Business class to Premium Economy. Meanwhile, some travellers in Premium Economy were sent towards the back of the plane in the economy and some unfortunate passengers were forced off the flight altogether.

A seven-months-pregnant woman refused to give up her seat, for which she paid 700 pounds. Her husband had to move to economy class to give up extra legroom for his wife.

Passengers told reporters that there were six empty seats, left unoccupied in the first leg of the trip from Oman to Abu Dhabi. These seats were to be occupied after the stopover in Abu Dhabi.

Later Gordon Brown and an aide arrived on the plane and filled two of the empty Business class seats. Passengers immediately concluded that their seats have been downgraded to make way for the former Prime Minister. British Airways denied the charge.

Then the pregnant woman walked up towards Mr. Brown and took a picture of the former PM and his aid on her mobile phone.

The aide, Kirsty McNeill, became “seriously aggressive” towards the pregnant woman, the Daily Mail reports.

“Why are you taking a photo of Gordon? You wouldn’t like it if someone took a photo of you while you were asleep”, she reportedly demanded of the pregnant woman, who does not want to be identified.

The woman responded, “I have no interest in Gordon but I have a problem with British Airways as I suspect we have all been downgraded and messed around because of his and your arrival on this plane.”

Ms. McNeill reportedly backed down after several other passengers supported the pregnant woman.

A statement from the airline claims Mr. Brown’s arrival on the plane was a coincidence.

“The situation had absolutely nothing to do with Gordon Brown”, the statement read, “We have apologized to [the complainant] and we have offered to pay compensation.”

A statement from Gordon Brown’s office reads; “As BA has made clear, the arrangements were nothing to do with Mr. Brown, who had booked his flight and seats well in advance and made no requests for – nor received – any special treatment.”

The woman at the center of the claims says she does not blame Mr. Brown for the incident, but is angry with British Airways for downgrading other passengers on the flight.

She has dismissed the compensation offer as ‘derisory’.

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