MORE chaos at Heathrow: Hundreds of British Airways passengers are forced to go home without their luggage and flights are delayed and canceled weeks after glitch caused mayhem
- Over 25 British Airways flights canceled today amid another day of travel chaos
- Yesterday, BA passengers were told their luggage will not be returned to them
- BA apologized, saying its teams’ are working hard ‘to return customers’ baggage
- Have you been caught out by the problems at Heathrow? Please email [email protected]
Hundreds of British Airways passengers were forced to go home yesterday without their luggage in another chaotic day at Heathrow Airport.
BA also canceled more than 25 flights and delayed even more as ‘operational issues’ was blamed for the mayhem.
Its believed this was down to a computer glitch with some passengers reporting issues with numbers of staff.
Last month, passengers were also hit by chaos from BA as more than 500 flights were canceled or delayed after the airline suffered its biggest IT meltdown for years.
The airline told the MailOnline in a statement on this latest blunder: ‘We’ve apologized to customers whose bags were delayed yesterday.
‘We know how frustrating this is and our teams are working incredibly hard to return luggage as soon as possible.
‘We’re really sorry that we have had to reduce the number of flights today due to operational constraints.
‘Our teams are working extremely hard to get our customers to their destinations as quickly as possible and we are in contact to offer alternative options including a full refund.’
BA also canceled more than 25 flights and delayed even more as ‘operational issues’ computer glitch was blamed for the mayhem
British Airways looked empty after flights hundreds of passengers were forced to go home yesterday without their luggage in another chaotic day at Heathrow Airport
Have you been caught out by the problems at Heathrow?
Please email [email protected]
Today, some customers said they were unable to get in touch with the airline to find out what happened to their luggage and flight cancellations.
Airing their frustration on Twitter, Steve Regis said last night: ‘The home of British Airways, where they leave you stranded after missing a connecting flight, where the only BA Rep says’ not my problem, I’m going home, call this number but they won’t answer because it’s closed. ‘
‘Your flight crew-fantastic but ground crew-embarrassing.’
Alexander Bennett said: ‘BA luggage handlers gone home! Two hours after landing at the UK’s and BA’s premier terminal 5 at LHR no bags anywhere to be seen for not just our flight but multiple flights!
‘No staff to open the hold! Outrageous and atrocious service! ‘
Ivan Spungle said today: ‘Chaos at Heathrow tonight. I still haven’t made it home.
‘I have video of one of your employees last night telling me to get a hotel, bill you for it, and return this morning to pick up my luggage.
‘Now just been told my bag is not even at Heathrow any more. This just isn’t good enough. What now? ‘
Iain Mercer said today: ‘You’ve canceled my 2.05pm flight back to Edinburgh today and rebooked me to Glasgow tomorrow morning. Eh ?! Your call center won’t take calls and [I’ve been] disconnected. How do I cancel and get a refund? ‘
Dan Deefolts said he had been at a funeral in Italy when he arrived back in Heathrow to find delays getting off the plane due to a lack of ground crew and was left with no baggage.
Some who were rebooked on flights like Stuart Rennie also said BA had later canceled their flights.
He said there was ‘no availability’ all day from British Airways and he was not sure what to do about his flight tomorrow.
Another passenger said: ‘What has BA come to?
‘Traveling BA409 yesterday, March 19. Late departure, late arrival, wait for jetty then to top it all NO baggage. This is not the airline I have traveled the world with over the past years. Sort yourselves out guys. Please. ‘
Lynn Henderson from Glasgow was upset that her son and husband have to buy new clothes for a Tottenham game.
She told BA on Twitter: ‘Can you reply to this please? As my husband and son are down for a hospitality game with no clothes.
‘Will you be reimbursing payment for the clothes they’ve had to purchase? You should be ashamed of yourselves as you have spoiled my son’s birthday weekend. ‘
The news comes as passenger locator were scrapped on Friday and pre-travel tests for unvaccinated people were also abolished.
Despite this there have also been some reports today that UK border force queues were very long at Heathrow, causing more woe for passengers.
Heathrow Airport said on Twitter: ‘Border Force are currently experiencing some delays processing passengers through the UK border.
‘Apologies for any inconvenience caused, please rest assured that our colleagues are working hard and liaising with Border Force to reduce delays.’