Questions tagged [british-airways]

The flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. Member of Oneworld.

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How big is “too big” for an airline seat? At what point will you be required to buy two tickets?

As I said in another question, I'm bringing my parents to visit me here in Sweden next year. My mother is around 280-300 pounds and 5'6" (130-135kg, 1.67m). I am concerned that she might be asked at ...
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Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?

I'll be wearing it all the time anyway once I arrive at my hostile destination but how about wearing it during the flight? It makes sense to wear it in case someone try to hijack the plane.
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Why can't I take food from the plane when entering the US?

I was on a BA flight recently (LHR-JFK) and I was given a sealed cheese and tomato sandwich by a flight attendant about 90 minutes before landing. Everyone else was given a similar sandwich, probably ...
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Can I pass through the airport security with a de-activated Bazooka?

My flight is from Washington, D.C. (IAD) to London Heathrow , with British Airways. Important Details The Bazooka will be bought legally from a shop in Maryland British Airways' website explains in ...
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Travel agent didn't append MR to my name and my name ends in MS. This caused my first name to be put as Ms on ticket

Whenever I book a flight through any travel agency/website; they always make a data entry of my name as "BADWAL/SHUMSMR". However, this time I decided to book with Expedia India; and they just ...
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Can aircrew order me not to stand in the aisle?

It's Ramadan and I am planning to travel on British Airways, I will have to stand in the aisle for praying, is it the aircrews' right to ask/order me to go back to my seat?
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How I find the BA-equivalent booking reference for an American Airlines-managed reservation?

Note: I do this regularly, so I am looking for a faster option than calling the airline on the phone - I'd like something I can do online. I have booked a reservation with American Airlines on aa.com....
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Delayed international baggage held by customs

This is a strange situation I am in. Due to flight delays, I was rerouted into the US through a different airport. My initial route London-->Philadelphia was changed to London->DC->Philadelphia. ...
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Strange flight pattern - right now BA0213

I'm following BA0213 from LHR-BOS as my wife is onboard and coming over for Xmas. Just noticed this unusual and strange flight pattern just off the British coastline. Any idea why this would occur?
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If I book a return journey with British Airways and miss the first flight, can I still use the return flight? [duplicate]

I booked a return journey with British Airways. If I miss the first flight can I still use the return flight?
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Can I travel multiple one-way back-and-forth flights to the same destinations on one day?

Flying between KUL and PEN on Malaysia in Business yield 40 British Airways Executive Club Tier Points, and costs only £50-55, which is a very attractive £1.25-1.38 per Tier Point. If I book multiple ...
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London to Seattle, corporate policy is economy. How to get more recline: BA or Delta? Or other options?

Over the next few months I'm going to be flying backwards and forwards between London and Seattle. It has to be Economy class (corporate policy). I might be able to negotiate premium economy (not ...
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Missing bag report swindle

I have just had the worst customer experience with a major airline in my life and want to know if there is anything I can do. TL; DR: I got my bag one day late, after that I was told by employees of ...
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With British Airways, can I access the business lounge in LHR if my connecting flight leaves on the next day?

I have a first class British Airways ticket from TLV to LHR, which gives me access to the lounges. However my connection from LHR to Newcastle is for the next day, so my question is will I still get ...
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Is there a reason why airlines prevent laptops from being used during takeoffs and landings even though some allow tablets and smartphones?

Airlines like Delta and British Airways recently started allowing passengers to use tablets and smartphones during takeoffs and landings, yet they still restrict the use of laptops to within the air ...
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Can I use regular headphones on transatlantic British Airways 747 flights?

I will soon be traveling, Economy class, transatlantic on a British Airways 747. I was hoping to use my over-the-ear headphones with their armrest entertainment system rather than the earbuds they ...
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Flights booked for 7 passengers, can the non-paying passenger cancel it?

We are a family of 7 going on a holiday to Florida. The flight is with British Airways and was booked by my brother, and he paid for all our flights with his credit card. The British Airways Login ...
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Kosher food on British Airways Buy on Board

British Airways no longer serves a complimentary meal in economy on short haul services, replacing it with a buy on board service. When it was complimentary it was possible to order a kosher meal in ...
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Can I see which seats are available on a British Airways flight before I book?

Some airlines (for example, American Airlines do this) offer a seat availability checker so you can see which seats are currently booked on a flight - there are limitations, since some seats might ...
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Can I tell if the airline sold “my” seat after I cancelled the return leg after partially traveling?

I had a flight with British Airways and cancelled the return flight after taking the outbound leg. They refuse to refund a large sum of the money (including the ticket, or seat, price itself). It ...
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Can you earn miles with different airlines for the same one flight, if they are part of the same loyalty program?

For example, I flew British Airways LAX-LHR. I wanted to get miles on Alaska Airlines so I sent in the boarding pass, etc and received credit. I also have a mileage plan with American Airlines. ...
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Why doesn't British Airways sell six seats in the rear of the plane?

Using Expedia's seat preview I noticed that seats D-E-F of the last two rows are reserved on every British Airways flight. I can guess many reasons for that. Does anyone know the answer for sure?
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“Only hand luggage is included”

I'm travelling with British Airways from Zurich to London City Airport, and my ticket says "Only hand luggage is included in the ticket". Now, according to the British Airways website hand baggage ...
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Lost luggage and inability to check in luggage until final destination

I am a citizen of Kazakhstan and I have recently travelled from London Heathrow 5 to Dusseldorf, then to Moscow Domodedovo and then to Ust-Kamenogorsk(Kazakhstan). The route from LHR to DUS was ...
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What's the typical worst-case for security timings at London City?

I am departing from London City in a week or two. I'm flying BA, and will have hand baggage only and will have printed my boarding pass. I'm also arriving by taxi. I'm also Oneworld Emerald, in case ...
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Is it possible to change from an Air New Zealand flight to a BA flight in Beijing without going through customs?

My father is flying from NZ to the UK via Beijing. He arrives on an Air New Zealand flight at terminal 3E and departs on a BA flight also from Terminal 3E a few hours latter. Will he need to go ...
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Ticket Refund Rights with British Airways After Terror Alert Raised at Destination

I am aware that flight cancellation and refund issues are generally covered by the specific conditions of carriage associated with the ticket. My question has to do with British Airways in particular ...
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What differences are there between First Class and Business Class on BA long-haul?

Later this year, I'm travelling First Class with BA longhaul (It's a miles reservation, I'm not that rich!). I've travelled Business (Club World) with them before, but I'm curious about what ...
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Can I have my cats in the cabin with me on British Airways European flights?

If I'm flying with BA intra-Europe (Stockholm-London), am I allowed to have my cats (in their cat-cage obv) in the cabin, under a seat or on my lap or something?
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Can you transfer from Ukraine International airlines to British Airways at Kiev-Boryspil without clearing immigration (only hand luggage)?

So I'm considering flying Tbilisi-Kiev-London (TBS-KBP-LHR), with the TBS-KBP leg flown by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), and the KBP-LHR leg by British Airways (BA) I will not be able to have ...
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Will British Airways compensate if my entertainment screen was defective for an entire flight? [duplicate]

I was wondering will I get a compensate if the screen was not working the entire flight from London to LA through the British airlines? I did report the issue.
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Bringing a lock knife into the UK with British Airways

Can I bring a lock knife I want to buy in the US into the UK in my luggage? the blade is 3 3/4" (9.5 cm) long - you can buy the same knife in the UK but at twice the price?
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Air travel while pregnant

An Indian citizen, who is six months pregnant, is travelling with her spouse. They both hold PR status in Canada. Their preferred airlines for a journey from India to Canada are Saudi Airlines, Jet ...
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British Airways Inaugural Flights

I can see when British Airways will inaugurate a new line of flying on this page. But what about the inauguration of a new aircraft? I would expect these to be out of Heathrow owing to the huge pilot ...
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Ebookers gives a BA booking number which BA online check in doesn't know [duplicate]

I made a booking through ebookers, using a combined BritishAirways/AmericanAirlines flight (BA for one way, AA for return) about 4 weeks ago. I got booking numbers for both BA and AA from ebookers. ...
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Are children's toy guns allowed on a British Airways flight as carry-on?

Are children's toy guns allowed on a BA airplane? One is a water gun and the other one is nerf gun They are not replica guns, I am aware that replica guns are almost illegal in the UK. Our flight is ...
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Being downgraded on an airline

I was recently downgraded on British Airways from business to economy+. I could not checkin online and was told to checkin at the airport where I was told of the downgrade. I assume not being ...
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Available seat choices on British Airways flights

I recently flew economy class with British Airways, short haul within Europe if that makes a difference. My booking gave me the ability to either pay to reserve a specific seat or wait until 48 hours ...
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How can I change flight plan without using a travel agent?

I booked a British Airways return flight a few months ago. I have completed first part of the journey. I wish to change the return date of my journey due to unforeseen circumstances. I had booked the ...
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TSA Precheck on all connecting flights

If my fist leg of international travel is on Alaska Airlines and I have a TSA Precheck, will my connecting flight on British Airways also be TSA precheck? We start in Sacramento, CA on Alaska ...
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Long layover in London, time to visit Olympics?

I have a ~10 hour layover in LHR on July 26th (the day prior to the opening ceremonies of 2012 Olympics). I'm flying British Airways from JNB-LHR-MAD. What's the most reliable (and hopefully ...
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Is the “laptop ban” for flights from Turkey to the UK in force?

Last year the UK government implemented a ban on electronic devices for the flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. How does the UK electronics travel ban affect my ...
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Why did BA want to read the sequence number from my boarding pass?

Earlier this week, I flew LCY->EDI on BA. I was in 1B (bulkhead seat at the front, treated as exit row), and had a boarding pass stored electronically on my phone. In LCY your boarding pass gets ...
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Pet Birds flying to US via Heathrow with owner on BA

Do BA have special animal cargo handlers for pet birds transfer via Heathrow to Miami from South Africa?
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How do I go from Heathrow Terminal 3 to Sofitel in Terminal 5 during a stopover?

I will be arriving with my toddler in Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 via British Airways, and leaving the next day from Terminal 5 also on British Airways. I have booked a room at Sofitel near Terminal 5 ...
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Can I switch OneWorld airline loyalty schemes and retain my benefits?

I am currently American AAdvantage Executive Platinum, and am considering switching to earning through the British Airways Executive Club instead, with the hope of reaching Gold this year (the ...
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Changing seats on British Airways require payment

When trying to change seats on a transatlantic BA flight it stated this cost $39/seat. On our short inter-European flight it said that I can reserve seats for $15/seat. On my return transatlantic, ...
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Advantage to flights on same/different airlines, when connecting across different tickets

I'm going to be flying to the British Isles in a few months, and want to see three cities: Edinburgh, London, and Dublin. I considered getting a 3 leg booking, but for some reason it's extremely ...
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How can I manage online a booking for a Malaysian Airlines flight issued by British Airways?

Using some BAEC Avios (the British Airways Executive Club "miles"), I have booked a flight with Malaysian Airlines, who are a OneWorld partner of British Airways (BA). The ticket was issued on BA (125)...
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Do I have to go through customs, recheck my bag, during my Heathrow layover?

I am flying from Tehran (Iran) to Toronto, with a connection at Heathrow. I land with British Airways and then I will fly with Air Canada to Toronto. I am an Iranian citizen, not having a UK visa, but ...