A flight last Sunday evening (05 March 2017) going from Gatwick Airport to Barbados was delayed for over five hours after the crew noticed that the plane had inadequate amounts of toilet rolls and headphones.
British Airways was forced to profusely apologize to passenger stuck at the airport for the delay. The flight eventually took off during the early hours of Monday 6th March 2017.
The delay also meant that the airplane was late during the return journey from Barbados to Gatwick.
Because of the delay, British Airways could be forced to pay upwards of £290,000 to passengers in the form of flight delay compensation.
Earlier this month, as reported by https://www.bestflightdelaycompensation.com another British Airways flight was delayed due to a mouse being found scurring on board.
The BA 777, with a capacity of 280, was due to leave at 1.40pm on Sunday afternoon. The passengers were scheduled to touch down on the Caribbean island at sunset, in good time to polish off drinks and dinner before a good night’s sleep.
But due to what appears to be inadequate preparation of the aircraft, departure was initially delayed by 1 hour 40 minutes.
As rumours swept through the cabin about the cause, Annabel Cliffe tweeted: “BA2153 sat on plane @ gatwick delayed with no idea of departure for wrong headphones!! Really??”
Another passenger, Bill Murray, later reported on Twitter: “BA2153 utter shambles. BA cost cutting means we’re all disembarked due to shortage of bog roll!”
By now the schedule was in tatters. The outbound crew were “out of hours” and could no longer operate the service within stipulated time limits. It took a further three hours to assemble another crew before the flight began its take-off roll almost five hours late.