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BA to Add 2.50 Security Surcharge

Old 3rd Nov 2001, 19:00
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From Fox News:

British Airways to Add Security Surcharge[/b]

LONDON British Airways plans to add a surcharge to all tickets to pay for additional security and insurance costs in the wake of the U.S. terrorist attacks, the carrier announced Friday.

The charge of 2.50 pounds ($3.65) will be added to the cost of every ticket issued after Nov. 9, and will apply to all passengers on international and domestic flights, BA said.

BA said that since the Sept. 11 attacks, its insurance premiums had gone up "significantly.''

The airline announced earlier this week that all 340 of its planes will be fitted with full-length metal armor plates to reinforce cockpit doors and prevent unauthorized access to the flight deck. The carrier is also strengthening its flight deck door locks and hinges.

"Safety and security is our number one priority and we hope that our passengers will understand why, in the current circumstances, we have introduced this surcharge,'' said Dale Moss, BA's director of worldwide sales.

"Security and insurance costs have risen throughout the airline industry and it is important that our business responds to these changes in order to maintain the highest levels of security for our passengers.''

The airline carries around 40 million passengers a year.
 
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According to the BA news relase on the BA website, www.press.britishairways.com the charge is 2.50 ($4) per one way sector for all tickets issued from 9th November.

Fortunately I've booked my flight EDI-LHR-TXL-LHR-EDI for December last week so I've saved 10.
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Old 3rd Nov 2001, 20:34
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Banking Scot,
You are absolutely right!!! Just returned from work (BA) and I read the press release at work that it is 2.50 each way!!!! So that is 5!!! Sounds much less painful the way it's put don't you think???

Someone has to pay for it!!!!!
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With a average of 40 million pax a year, let me see, it just make 200 million extra in there pocket
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Ryanair are also doing this, although I think their charge is a bit less ($1.25ish per sector?). Doesn't seem that unreasonable to me, less fuss was made about lumping the PSC on to fares when the government said it had to be shown separately on the ticket, but then everyone was guilty of cashing in on that.
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If they use the cash to improve the pay conditions and quality of security people, I would have more confidence. I wouldn't choose to fly behind the cheapest pilot, nor to be operated on by the cheapest surgeon. Why, then, do we expect to be properly safeguarded by security people on 4.50 per hour?

Pay peanuts?

What follows?
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Apparently, 1200 pil;ots are to be laid (!) Off.........Load of Bollux
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