BA says sorry for bin Laden boarding pass gaffe

3rd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Airways apologised Thursday after a photo of a boarding pass for passenger "bin Laden, Osama" appeared in an in-house magazine, touting the benefits of online check-in.

The photo -- including a Frequent Flyer programme number for the Al-Qaeda chief and a seat allocation near the front of the plane -- was published in LHR News, a publication for BA staff at London's Heathrow airport.

Displayed on an iPhone with bar-code style coding allowing the holder to be recognised electronically at security points, the boarding pass had bin Laden flying on October 26, 2010 to an unspecified destination, in seat 07-C.

It was unclear who was responsible for the gaffe, but BA acknowledged the blunder on its Twitter feed, saying: "A mistake was made and we are working to find out how this occurred.

"Apologies for the error," it added.

BA is currently battling a series of five-day strikes by cabin crew, after being hit hard by the Icelandic volcano ash cloud which grounded planes across Europe in April.

© 2010 AFP

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