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News in brief:

British Airways bans hover boards

For anyone planning to unleash their inner Marty McFly over Christmas, be aware of this important release that was rushed out by BA yesterday:

Prohibition of the carriage of hover boards including Air Wheels and Solo Wheels

Corporate Safety and Security have been assessing the risk associated with the carriage of hover boards including Air Wheels and Solo Wheels within baggage following a number of adverse press reports relating to poor product quality and the potential fire risk associated with them.

As a result British Airways has decided to prohibit the carriage of these items in both hand baggage and checked baggage with immediate effect.

Further information:
These devices are recreational devices, not an essential travel item and are not defined as a mobility aid.

Back to the Future

Virgin Atlantic launches its Winter sale

Virgin Atlantic has decided to steal a march on British Airways by being the first to launch its Winter sale.  BA is holding firm and will be starting its sale on the day it originally planned, which will be soon.

The Virgin Atlantic sale home page is here.

All fare classes are included.  To be honest, the Upper Class deals are not sparkling – the cheapest New York ticket is £2,029.  Premium Economy looks better at £849 for travel up to mid March.

Dubai is worth a look.  With strong competition from the Middle Eastern airlines, an economy return is just £349.  Premium Economy is £659 – for a flight that is the same distance as New York which is £849.  Upper Class is £1,449.

The Delta service from Edinburgh to New York is also in the sale, as is the Glasgow to Orlando service Virgin is trialling.

You can book for travel until roughly the end of June, varying by route.  The last day to book is 2nd February.  The sale home page is here.

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Comments (48)

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  • Hingeless says:

    Other items they should ban

    Pepsi Perfect
    Auto-fitting clothes
    Food Hydrators

    Flying cars

  • @mkcol says:

    “not defined as a mobility aid” – brilliant!

    • plastikman says:

      they’ve clearly put that in there in anticipation of the dullards on flyertalk writing to the ombudsman.

    • flyforfun says:

      Cathay has as well, probably more as well.

  • Will says:

    VS service from GLA to MCO isn’t a trial. It’s been running since 2007. It is seasonal, read Scottish school holidays only, but the number of seats available has been increased for 2015.

  • Anon says:

    What’s the news on the Glasgow-Orlando trial?

    How does it differ from their usual summer service (that’s being running for years)??

    • Chris Ruddy says:

      No longer seasonal, I’m travelling on that service out late April returning early May, so well out with school holidays. Runs on a Friday and Saturday.

  • Smid says:

    Not hover boards. Not hovering. Electric scooters.

    • Zild says:

      I prefer the term “handle-less segway” myself. But as long as it is not “hoverboard” I am happy. Stupid name, shouldn’t be allowed.

  • David says:

    Hey Raffles,

    Any ideas on when the airlines will drop all fuel surcharges when the fuel price is below pre-2009?

    • Rob says:

      Unlikely to happen. BA was taken to court in the US over it and promptly renamed them carrier surcharges.

  • Katy storie says:

    Do you know if there is a way to get an alert for when the BA sale is launched?!

    • JamesWag says:

      I wish the Virgin Upper Class deals had been better, not because I intend to book one but because it hasn’t given BA a very hard target to beat 🙁

      Still, I’m waiting for Qatar’s sales as their J product is lightyears ahead of BA’s. gutted that Avios redemptions on QR are now all at rip off peak prices.

  • JamesWag says:

    Glad they’ve banned these things. Too many reports of them blowing up and catching fire due to overheating from poor quality. And ontop of that there are plenty of really dodgy copies being made which have seriously poor quality electronics and no testing at all.

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