British Airways in-flight map shows 'wrong Stansted'

British Airways in-flight map shows 'wrong Stansted'PA


British Airways officials have said their in-flight maps could be "confusing" to passengers - because they highlight the Kent village of Stansted instead of the airport.

The map, shown on the seat-back screens, allows passengers to track their flight path.

According to the BBC, as planes approach southern England, the map displays Stansted, in north Kent, which could be confused with London Stansted Airport, which is near the village of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex.

According to the Associated Press, a BA spokesman said: "It is something we are aware of.

"There is a village called Stansted in that location, in Kent. The map is not referring to Stansted Airport."

He added: "We have already spoken to the company which supplies the system. It is something that could be confusing. We are speaking to them about it."

Stansted Parish Council clerk Roxana Brammer said tourists should visit the village and enjoy a slice of rural Kent.

"Tourists would enjoy themselves in Stansted," she told the Associated Press. "We've got St Mary the Virgin church. That's medieval. Worth a visit. And there are three pubs. And we've got a hotel - the Hilltop. They do bed and breakfast and Sunday lunches."

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