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Ah the Daily Mail, that bastion of truth and balance………………………….right.
BA like all airlines overbooks its flights. The service originated in MCT and routes MCT AUH LHR. If NCW was overbooked and seats pre assigned (card holders etc) then those without pre assigned seats would be downgraded at their point of origin, in this case MCT. Downgrades from Club would inevitably impact on those in premium economy and if that cabin then became overbooked as a result if downgrades then premium economy passengers would slip into economy. If that resulted in overbooking in economy then passengers would be offloaded but BA would, in the first instance, look for volunteers.
The fact that the former PM was on board would have had absolutely nothing to do with the overbooking, that is a matter solely for BA and BA stated this in the article.
As has been mentioned the trip was almost certainly booked sometime ago and GB was no different from any one else in that he was a passenger. If he is also a card holder, and I suspect he is, then he would have had pre assigned seat and these are the last passengers to be downgraded. Even if not a card holder his status as a former PM would, quite rightly, afford him some protection from being downgraded. if for no other reason than security. This is no different to any other former PM and rightly so in my view. I think it was Ted Heath who spotted the former Prime Minister Harold Wilson waiting alone for bus!!!!
The story is nothing more than a rant from one of the UK’s nastier publications. As for the ranting on board pregnant photographer, is she yet another tax avoiding expatriate who comes back to the UK for their medical treatment and maternity care?