Flight Lands In Wrong Country, Gets Roasted By Another Airline
A plane full of passengers was left a little confused when their flight from London to Düsseldorf, Germany, landed in Scotland by mistake.
"Welcome to Edinburgh."
Those were the words that many bewildered passengers weren't expecting to wake up to as their early morning flight touched down on Monday.
It seems a German company that had chartered the plane, WDL Aviation, botched the paperwork and submitted the wrong route to air traffic controllers.
The pilot, flight attendants and air traffic controllers all apparently thought flight BA3271 was meant to land in Scotland.
Passengers thought they were being taken for a ride.
Sophie Cook, 24, told the BBC that everyone assumed it was a joke, the pilot even asking passengers to raise their hands if they wanted to go to Düsseldorf.
Naturally, everyone on board put their hand up.
"The pilot said he had no idea how it had happened," Ms Cook said. "He said it had never happened before and that the crew was trying to work out what we could do."
The good news is, everyone actually made it to Germany eventually. The plane refuelled before taking off again, landing several hours late.
British Airways has copped it online. A fellow airline, Ryan Air, came out with a stellar response hours later, offering up a book recommendation on Geography For Dummies:
Before nailing British Airways' response:
Even Specsavers had a go at the airline.
In a statement, British Airways said it was working with WDL to find out exactly what went wrong.
"We have apologised to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually," British Airways said.