Minor Argument leads to lifetime Ban of Stylist from British Airways
33 year old fashion stylist, Bridget Nhire has been barred for life from all British Airways flights after a ‘minor argument’ with another passenger while stretching her legs on a Dubai plane.
The passenger unpleased with the stylists’ attitude reported her to the authorities for irrational movement in the plane. She was then handcuffed, escorted and barred off the flight for life.
The humiliated Reiss consultant told the Daily Mirror:
‘They strapped me to the seat and put me in plastic cuffs. I have bruises.’
The row took place at 30,000ft on a Heathrow to Dubai flight where the 5ft 3ins stylist was due to visit pals.
Ms Nhire, from Uxbridge, said:
‘He was telling me to sit down and I said “I have the right to get up and walk around for my health”. ’That escalated into a minor argument.’
She claimed the crew then moved her to the front of the plane and alleged that she was being ‘aggressive’ and ‘may have had a little too much to drink’.
She said: ‘I had a drink but was not drunk. I had two glasses of wine with my meal.’
Police escorted her from the plane, but freed her without charge five hours later and gave her the life ban – which Ms Nhire sees as an over-reaction.
British Airways refused to let her on a plane to fly back home when she went to the airport for her return flight earlier this month. Ms Nhire was left stranded at Dubai International for eleven hours and was forced to call her mother to organize a different flight.
She is demanding £350 compensation from the airline as a result.
Her mother, from Uxbridge, Middlesex, said that BA needed to be held ‘accountable’ for leaving her daughter stranded.
BA said it undertook a full investigation analyzing statements from crew and passengers before taking the ‘rare’ decision to ban her.