British Airways passenger banned for life after midair row

Bizarre midair row leads to lifetime ban for fashion stylist

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Passenger banned from British Airways flights for life after row

A woman has been barred from flying with British Airways for life after a bizarre row at 30,000ft.

Bridget Nhire, 33, a fashion stylist from Uxbridge, says she was left "humiliated" after the incident, which occurred on a Heathrow to Dubai flight last month.

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Ms Nhire said the argument started after the passenger behind her complained she kept getting up to stretch her legs.

According to the Evening Standard, she 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.

"Then the crew asked me to move to the front. They said 'you are being aggressive, we feel you may have had a little too much to drink'.

"I had a drink but was not drunk. I had two glasses of wine with my meal. They strapped me to the seat and put me in plastic cuffs. I have bruises."

The Mirror reports that she was escorted from the plane, but was freed without charge five hours later.

When she arrived for her return flight home, she was refused boarding at Dubai airport.

She was forced to call her mother, who organised another flight for her.

According to the Daily Mail, a spokeswoman said: "Our customers and crew deserve to enjoy their flights, and not suffer from any form of disruption.

"This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken. ​

"We would never issue a lifetime ban without first carrying out a thorough investigation into an incident - which includes taking witness statements from other customers and reports from crew.

"If a customer has any future bookings with the airline at the time the ban is imposed, we will issue a refund.

"As detailed in the letter issuing the ban, customers can appeal the decision."

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