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FDOS wrote: ” ……………..it is 1 CC member to 50 passengers. So if an aircraft with 189 seats (e.g. 737-800) has 4 cabin crew and one becomes sick, the ratio would go from 1:47.25, which is lawful, to 1:63, which is not and the aircraft could not be despatched until a replacement crew member arrived”.
Sorry to be pedantic FDOS, but in this scenario wouldn’t they just off-load 39 passengers if the sick person was one of the cabin crew, (not pilots), so that they would just have to find alternative flights for 39 people, rather than the whole flight?3 Feb 2024
There was an interesting article in the Money section of The Times yesterday (Saturday), in relation to UK261 and a claim by a family against BA, which BA turned down. Anyone “in the know” (including the writer Katherine Denham) would say that the claim was obviously valid – but not BA, who refused any compensation for a (return) flight they cancelled a few hours before the planned departure. Initially, BA claimed that the flight was cancelled because of ATV problems – but these actually were a day later, so was irreleavnt.
BA did eventually refund the family £709 for cost of the cancelled flight – but nothing else.
After numerous interventions by The Times, BA eventually paid out to the family involved a further £4.6k – hardly an insubstantial sum.
For those with a Times subscription, the full story is at:4 Feb 2024
Proceedings in the UK Supreme Court are televised live. Google “UK Supreme Court live proceedings” and you will get all the info how to do this. If you are in London, it is also possible to go the court and watch, but you need to queue for that and there is no guarantee that you will get in.4 Feb 2024