Skip to comments.American ends up in Grenada instead of Granada in Spain
Posted on 06/24/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT by Gamecock
LONDON, England (CMC) An American dentist says he is suing British Airways for US$34,000 for flying him to Grenada in the Caribbean, instead of the Spanish city of Granada.
After two years without a holiday and a lifetime of longing to see the architectural treasures of Granada, Edward Gamson felt he could at last relax as he sat back on a British Airways flight en route to the capital of Moorish Spain, according to the British Independent newspaper.
The newspaper said that it was only when Gamson and his partner glanced at the electronic map on the in-flight entertainment system and noticed their plane was heading west out of London that they became concerned something was not right.
The newspaper reported that, some nine hours later, the pair found themselves not among the arabesques of the Alhambra Palace, but a full 4,000 miles from their intended destination on the Caribbean holiday island of Grenada.
It said the mix-up initially resulted in apologies from British Airways staff on board the flight, and a promise that the couple would be put on the plane's return trip to Gatwick Airport in London en route to Granada.
Instead, the Independent said they were subjected to a further three-day ordeal, which resulted in them never reaching Spain, and a refusal by British Airways to reimburse their £2,650 first-class tickets.
"I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain. Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon?
"It's just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined and BA won't do the decent thing?
According to the legal complaint filed by Gamson, the electronic tickets referred only to "Grenada", without showing the airport code, destination country or flight duration.
But the Independent alleged that BA is resisting Gamson's damages claim for US$34,000.
Earlier this month, a US judge rejected the airline's attempt to have part of his lawsuit struck out; the claim will now head for a full hearing.
"This case proves the truth of Mark Twain's aphorism that 'the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug'. Except here, only a single letter's difference is involved," wrote US Judge James Boasberg.
My gut reaction is that this guy is an idiot.
Just like anything else you do in life, double check everything and don’t trust anyone else to do the right thing.
I know of a guy that booked himself an Amtrak ticket to Las Vegas. Problem is that Amtrak serves Las Vegas, New Mexico, not Las Vegas, Nevada.
The airline charged him $5000 for two return tickets England-Spain and he didn’t say anything?
Even with first class, that’s obviously too much for a short flight.
If I were the judge, that lawsuit would be dismissed so fast his head would spin. If he didn’t check his tickets, too bad, his problem.
Yeah I in 1983 ended up in Grenada as well(Operation Urgent Fury) in USS Independence CV-62.
Partner? If he's gay, that makes his victimhood score jump much higher.
uhhh....besides the different spellings, didn’t he notice how long it was taking to get there? What an idiot.
That is what I noticed too.
All things considered, there are worse places he could have ended up.
Grenada, is from little I’ve heard and seen, a beautiful Caribbean island.
I hope you receive this post with the humor I am trying to send with it.
It just fit our previous conversation too well not to share.
exactly... i have made plane reservations several times this past year, and i double check everything... even if i type in San Jose International Airport as my destination, i will sometimes be shown flights that land in San Francisco...
one of the first things i check before and after i make my reservation is the flight length of time... that right there should have told him that he was not going to Spain...
not too long ago i read an article about a silly girl who thought she was going to San Jose, Costa Rica--to learn the language... but she unknowingly landed in San Jose, California... was there for a good five days before she realized! she only found out because she posted pics on facebook, and a friend of hers told her she was in California and not Costa Rica!
i think she had posted a picture of herself at a San Jose Sharks hockey game... and she had been going on about how easily she could understand the people...
You say “Grenada”, I say “Grenada”, yada, yada, yada.
You say Grenada, I say Granada....
This guy’s obviously an idiot. Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go outside and wash my Hyundai Accord so it’s all shiny for my date with actress Evan Longoria.
I've spent a lot of time in the Caribbean. The thing you never want to forget is that you are in a 3rd world, high-crime, area. The resorts and tourist spots are quite nice, everything else is generally a slum.
The booking agent made the mistake, so ...
That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in ages.
He should run for Congress. He’d fit right in.
One of my buddies in the AF had his personal belongings shipped by sea from Virginia to Panama City Florida instead of the Panama Canal Zone.
Got to his PSC assignment and none of his stuff got there.
He went to the shipping office and asked them why in Gods name anyone would ship their belongings by sea from Virginia to Florida?
With a couple of decades in the travel business under my belt, I can say this has happened since there were travel agents, but it REALLY came to the fore with the internet, and self-booking.
The fun ones are Columbus, Oh/Ga/Ms, (Eastern once served ALL THREE, that was a gas.), and Lafayette, In/La.
In the 90’s, the Lafayette, In (LAF) airport was shutting down for the Blizzard of The Century. I had cleared our last flight, and was the last one out of the building, and didn’t expect to be back for a couple of days.
I noticed a woman city out front, obviously shivering, and watching the now heavy snowfall. I asked her if I could help, and she said she was waiting for a ride.
As I walked away, she asked, “I am from Nigeria, I have never seen this. Does it often snow in Louisiana??” She was obviously supposed to be in Lafayette LOUISIANA (LFT), and not in Lafayette INDIANA (LAF).
My first thought was, “Oh CRAP, I’m not getting home before they close the roads, and the wife is going to kill me.” uckily, I managed to get her in to the University’s Hotel, where she was stuck for the next three days.
Even in small Lafayette, we saw this once a week or so, sometimes even with groups. A buddy that worked in Columbus for severa years said it was a DAILY occurrence for them, even when travel agents ruled the day.
I wonder if English was the primary language of the booking agent.
I’d bet some money it isn’t.
They were expecting an emotional reunion at the airport with their daughter who’s been working abroad for eight months.
But instead, after 20 hours travelling, Andrew and Julie Kelham landed 1,500 miles away.
The couple had booked a £3,200 trip to visit their daughter Frankie, 21, in San Jose, Mexico. Where they ended up was San Jose, California.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513119/Thomas-Cook-sends-couple-WRONG-San-Jose-California-Mexico.html#ixzz35ZzFaeuv
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thanks for the link... i am laughing all over again! i got a kick out of it because i was born and raised in San Jose, California... i have never heard anyone say, “pura vida.” “por vida,” yes—but not “pura vida.” :)
That the guy can’t speil tells me he’s an idiot.
The first time I went Paris I realized something was wrong.
Them people wuz wearing cowboy boots and strangely the place looked like a Matt Dillon movie
i have to be careful when i book to fly into Fayetteville, NC because there is a Fayetteville, AR that always comes up...
I got word my grandmother died one the evening in Sacramento. I headed to the airport to get to Logan WV via Charleston airport. Just out of Dulles (changing planes ) I noticed my ticket was for Charleston, SC.
I notified an attendant. When the plane landed, a United guy met me at the gate, with the correct ticket, took my luggage to the other plane. Planes were leaving 5 minutes apart.
Got there on time.
You say Grenada, and I say Granada......
hahahahahahaha! this thread has be laughing too much!
Which is why you always double check.
In the old, paper ticket days, you could just “rule” a ticket mistake like that back to the issuing agent, and get the passenger on the way to his real destination, if you thought it was a legitimate mistake.
In the electronic age, however, it’s not that simple, and many airlines simply do no longer do that, not even for “customer service”. It’s too much of a cost that they are likely to eat themselves, and hassle.
On the the other hand $5,000 for two long haul first class tickets is pretty sweet!
My spelling is crap today, for some reason. Apologies to all.
BERLIN (AFP) - A German apprentice insurance salesman who wanted to visit his girlfriend in Australia ended up in smalltown America after buying a ticket on the Internet for Sidney in the US state of Montana.
Bild newspaper said 21-year-old Tobias Gutt's detour was the result of a spelling mistake as he had failed to notice that the Australian harbour city is in fact called Sydney.
The mixup with 'y' and 'i' meant a difference of two continents, 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) and around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in temperature between his intended destination and where he actually touched down.
An Oakland man mistook a flight to "Auckland" for one to his hometown and added 12,000 miles to his journey from a holiday in West Germany, customs officials said Tuesday.
Michael Lewis, 22, was at Los Angeles International Airport intending to fly to the Bay area city, 400 miles north, when Air New Zealand officials allowed him to board an aircraft bound for Auckland.
Not until Tahiti was mentioned during an in-flight announcement did Lewis realize his predicament.
Agreed. Granada and Grenada aren't even spelled the same.
It was, until Clint Eastwood landed.....
Here I am in
This thread reminds me of a Marilyn Monroe movie: How to Marry a Millionaire. Marilyn can be forgiven for getting on the wrong airplane.
Proof positive that not all doctors and dentist graduate at the top of the class.
I’m surprised she ever figured it out.
As to the errant flyer and his “partner”(whatever that means), if he was in Lisbon, why not just drive or take the train to Granada. And, if he’s really into “moorish” architecture, I’m sure that isis could show him a few places in Iraq.
I imagine Jackson MS (JAN) and Jackson County MI (JXN)could be a source of confusion, especially since half the country thinks MI is the Mississippi postal abbreviation.
I know for a fact that many many people coming to Bloomington IL (BMI) or Bloomington IN (BLM) wind up in the wrong place. Even some instances of entertainers flying to concerts at Illinois State U or Indiana U.
Years ago I flew to BMI on, I think, AirTran or TTA or something and they tagged my luggage to BLM. I pointed this out to the agent who told me not to worry - they don’t fly to BLM. Luggage made it home with no problem.
The Florida one IS named for the Russian one by an immigrant son from the original, Peter Demens (Dementyev), who as a budding railroad tycoon, cofounded the Florida on in 1888. Of course, during the Soviet era when the original was named for a murdering terrorist, there was no such confusion!
I read years ago that some airline flew a kid to Auckland, New Zealand instead of Oakland California
omgosh... i would have worried the entire flight...
They didn’t know the way to san Jose.
All UK media refer to wife’s and husband’s as ‘partners.’
Have to make sure homosexuals are not excluded and are on par with normal human relationships.
In addition, ‘partner’ sounds so temporary and given the divorce rate in the UK, no one ever refers to husband and wife, it is always ‘partner’ because odds are they aren’t seriously committing to a lifetime of marriage anyway.
Of course, not having read the article, it could very well be a homosexual thing. . .that is why ‘partner’ is used. . .
Heard the same story of the people who bought tickets to Paris at a great price. They ended up in I think Paris Texas!
That was 25 years os so ago. There was nothing in my bag I couldn’t survive without. I did send the actual tag to the local paper and they published it in the local trivia column.
Love your tag line.