Man Sues British Airways For Sending Him To Grenada Instead Of Granada
He said “Granada,” British Airways heard “Grenada,” and that’s how Edward Gamson’s whole amazing vacation got called off. Gamson, a dentist, was super psyched to be headed to Granada, Spain (top), to explore his interest in Islamic art — until what should have been a two-hour flight (from London) turned into a nine-hour flight to Grenada, in the Caribbean (bottom). Oopsies!
Gamson told The Independent: “I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain. Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon?” Fuck if I know, but then again, my knowledge of geography is notoriously remedial, so I didn’t even know there was a difference between the two until just now. Maybe the agent needs to join me in 5th grade geography for a refresher?
Anyway, British Airways refused to take responsibility for the error and wouldn’t reimburse Gamson’s two $4,500 first class tickets. Having never made it to Granada, Gamson is now suing British Airways to the tune of $34,000 in damages.
Here’s the thing: Shouldn’t it have been a red flag that a supposed two-hour flight from London to Granada cost as much as it did? Also, why didn’t Gamson notice right away that the tickets were going to the wrong destination? I don’t think Gamson knew there was another Granada/Grenada either — until he ended up landing in the latter. Now that’s his oopsies. [TIME]