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American ends up in Grenada instead of Granada in Spain
Jamaica Observer ^ | June 24, 2014

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.


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1 posted on 06/24/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT by Gamecock
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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.


2 posted on 06/24/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

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.


3 posted on 06/24/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Gamecock

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.


4 posted on 06/24/2014 10:16:16 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Gamecock

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.


5 posted on 06/24/2014 10:17:05 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: Gamecock

Yeah I in 1983 ended up in Grenada as well(Operation Urgent Fury) in USS Independence CV-62.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 10:19:05 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Gamecock
it was only when Gamson and his partner glanced at the electronic map

Partner? If he's gay, that makes his victimhood score jump much higher.

7 posted on 06/24/2014 10:19:52 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Gamecock

uhhh....besides the different spellings, didn’t he notice how long it was taking to get there? What an idiot.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 10:24:27 AM PDT by grania
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To: PGR88

That is what I noticed too.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 10:25:03 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: All

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.


10 posted on 06/24/2014 10:25:24 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Biggirl

Spelling ping!

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.

Cheers!


11 posted on 06/24/2014 10:25:55 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Gamecock
Just like anything else you do in life, double check everything and don’t trust anyone else to do the right thing.

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...

dumb!

12 posted on 06/24/2014 10:26:56 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Gamecock

You say “Grenada”, I say “Grenada”, yada, yada, yada.


13 posted on 06/24/2014 10:27:44 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Gamecock

You say Grenada, I say Granada....


14 posted on 06/24/2014 10:29:19 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: Gamecock

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.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 10:29:20 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Gamecock
He should have driven.



16 posted on 06/24/2014 10:29:20 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: MplsSteve
Grenada, is from little I’ve heard and seen, a beautiful Caribbean island.

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.

17 posted on 06/24/2014 10:30:52 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Gamecock
I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain.

The booking agent made the mistake, so ...

18 posted on 06/24/2014 10:32:14 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: latina4dubya

That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in ages.


19 posted on 06/24/2014 10:32:42 AM PDT by Sparklite
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To: latina4dubya

http://elpeji.com/2013/12/03/study-abroad-gringa-takes-five-days-to-realize-shes-in-california/


20 posted on 06/24/2014 10:32:50 AM PDT by Sparklite
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To: grania

He should run for Congress. He’d fit right in.


21 posted on 06/24/2014 10:33:50 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: US Navy Vet

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?


22 posted on 06/24/2014 10:34:06 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: Gamecock; All

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.


23 posted on 06/24/2014 10:36:25 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: OldNavyVet

I wonder if English was the primary language of the booking agent.

I’d bet some money it isn’t.


24 posted on 06/24/2014 10:38:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: latina4dubya

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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25 posted on 06/24/2014 10:38:51 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: Sparklite

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.” :)


26 posted on 06/24/2014 10:40:58 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Gamecock

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


27 posted on 06/24/2014 10:41:02 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: tcrlaf
The fun ones are Columbus, Oh/Ga/Ms, (Eastern once served ALL THREE, that was a gas.), and Lafayette, In/La.

i have to be careful when i book to fly into Fayetteville, NC because there is a Fayetteville, AR that always comes up...

28 posted on 06/24/2014 10:43:27 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Rio

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.


29 posted on 06/24/2014 10:43:37 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Gamecock

You say Grenada, and I say Granada......


30 posted on 06/24/2014 10:43:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Vendome
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

hahahahahahaha! this thread has be laughing too much!

31 posted on 06/24/2014 10:44:28 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: OldNavyVet

Which is why you always double check.


32 posted on 06/24/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: canuck_conservative

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.


33 posted on 06/24/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: canuck_conservative

On the the other hand $5,000 for two long haul first class tickets is pretty sweet!


34 posted on 06/24/2014 10:47:18 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: tcrlaf; All

My spelling is crap today, for some reason. Apologies to all.


35 posted on 06/24/2014 10:50:34 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Gamecock
2006: German traveller mistakes Sidney, US for Australian city


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.


1985: Oakland, He Said, but He Went to Auckland Instead


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.


-PJ

36 posted on 06/24/2014 10:55:23 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Gamecock
My gut reaction is that this guy is an idiot.

Agreed. Granada and Grenada aren't even spelled the same.

37 posted on 06/24/2014 10:57:59 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: MplsSteve

It was, until Clint Eastwood landed.....


38 posted on 06/24/2014 11:03:49 AM PDT by 22202NOVA (<Tagline overtaken by events>)
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To: Gamecock
Hello, mudda,

hello, fadda.

Here I am in

camp Grenada!

39 posted on 06/24/2014 11:07:31 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: latina4dubya

This thread reminds me of a Marilyn Monroe movie: How to Marry a Millionaire. Marilyn can be forgiven for getting on the wrong airplane.


40 posted on 06/24/2014 11:09:02 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: grania

Proof positive that not all doctors and dentist graduate at the top of the class.


41 posted on 06/24/2014 11:19:01 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Sparklite

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.


42 posted on 06/24/2014 11:22:41 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: latina4dubya

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.


43 posted on 06/24/2014 11:27:43 AM PDT by Boojum
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To: Gamecock
Here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida we get, on maybe an annual basis, somebody intending to go to the OTHER Saint Petersburg (Russia). Maybe less so now with the passport and visa requirements but still has happened in the recent past.

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!

44 posted on 06/24/2014 11:35:48 AM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Gamecock

I read years ago that some airline flew a kid to Auckland, New Zealand instead of Oakland California


45 posted on 06/24/2014 11:41:10 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: Boojum
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.

omgosh... i would have worried the entire flight...

46 posted on 06/24/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Rio

They didn’t know the way to san Jose.


47 posted on 06/24/2014 11:52:03 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: PGR88

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. . .


48 posted on 06/24/2014 12:02:22 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Gamecock

Heard the same story of the people who bought tickets to Paris at a great price. They ended up in I think Paris Texas!


49 posted on 06/24/2014 12:07:54 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: latina4dubya

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.


50 posted on 06/24/2014 12:13:23 PM PDT by Boojum
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