British Airways passengers who endured a 77-hour "journey from hell" back to London from Florida, have said they were treated "inhumanly". Passengers have complained of sleeping on airport floors and holidaymakers crying on the "chaotic" journey home. BA flight 2036 was supposed to take off from Orlando at 19:25 ET (00:25 GMT) on Thursday and arrive at Gatwick eight hours later - but it arrived in the UK on Sunday after going through New York. BA has apologised to passengers. The airline said it "appreciated that this was an exhausting and frustrating experience" for the more than 200 passengers on board and said sorry for the "long delay".
What was expected to be a four-hour flight turned into a nightmare for passengers flying from London to Athens on British Airways after the trip ultimately took up a staggering 33 hours instead, according to reports. The ordeal ultimately involved four separate planes, one of which had to be evacuated after an engine caught fire. The incident began Tuesday, Sept. 5 as the initial flight was scheduled to leave Heathrow Airport around 1:15 p.m. local time, the Evening Standard reported. Passengers were alerted the flight had been canceled due to a faulty cockpit warning light, and a second flight was later scheduled to depart at 5 p.m. -- however that flight was later canceled, as well. The airline told the Evening Standard that the second scheduled flight had to be canceled because its flight crew would have exceeded their permitted hours of work.
Passengers use facial recognition scanners before boarding a British Airways flight in Orlando, Fla. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption The use of facial scanning is becoming commonplace -- maybe you've heard of the new iPhone? At the Orlando International Airport, Britain-bound passengers -- some wearing Mickey Mouse T-shirts and other Disney paraphernalia -- lined up at Gate 80 recently for the evening British Airways flight to London's Gatwick Airport. It looks like any other airport departure area, except for the two small gates with what look like small boxes on posts next to them. Those boxes are actually cameras. They were installed earlier this month by SITA, the Geneva-based company that develops information technology for the world's airlines, in conjunction with British Airways and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP.
Two planes got struck by lightning just before landing at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday evening, BBC News reports. Passengers reported hearing a loud bang and seeing flashes of light during an ordeal that was caught on mesmerizing video (you can clearly see it happen in the clip above). Lightning strikes are fairly common in aviation, a British Airways spokesperson confirmed to the BBC. And nowadays, fortunately, they don't usually put passengers in any danger. As Scientific American reports, both metal and composite plane exteriors are engineered to keep electric currents from entering the cabin or affecting the wiring of the plane's electrical systems.
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – An unspecified threat to an arriving British Airways flight forced the evacuation of the plane at Newark Liberty Airport Thursday afternoon, but no suspicious items were found in the plane or in passengers' luggage, officials said. The plane carrying 206 passengers and 13 crew members arrived from London at approximately 1 p.m. and was taken to a remote area of the airport, where a canine team conducted a search of the cabin and cargo area. Passengers said they weren't aware of the threat until they landed. "The entire flight down, nobody knew anything until we were already on the ground and there," said Sean Fitzgerald, a passenger from New Jersey. "That's when the pilot came over the intercom and told us what was going on, and he basically said there was a threat that was called in and they had to do some security measures."