Oh the difference a vowel can make. A man is suing an airline because they took him to Grenada instead of Granada. The destination mystification has now spurned a lawsuit, as the passenger said it’s the airline's fault they flew him almost 4,000 miles off course. Sounds like the (male) pilot didn’t want to stop for directions.
We’ll admit, a little geography was in order for this article. Grenada, known as the “Island of Spice” is an island country along with six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the Caribbean Sea. Granada (with an ‘a’), is a city in Spain. We’re sure both are lovely, but that’s beside the point.
Edward Gamson, an American dentist, had his heart set on Granada, Spain but flew to Grenada instead on a recent vacation. Now, he's suing British Airways, alleging that the airline's bookers made the mistake.
British Airways flew Gamson and his wife to the Caribbean island, and while that certainly is a favorite landing spot, the couple said they “wanted to visit the historic Spanish city and its famous Alhambra Palace.”
The Maryland couple did not notice the error until they were already in the air and realized the plane was flying in the wrong direction. Gamson said all his e-ticket showed was “Grenada” – no arriving airport was named, no flight time duration or destination country – and at first glance, one could easily mistake the two.
“I have a lifelong interest in Islamic art,” Gamson said. “I’m also of Spanish Jewish heritage so it was something I had always wanted to do to visit Granada and the Alhambra. 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?”
The couple said British Airways refused to put them on a plane from Grenada to Granada, and would not reimburse their first class tickets either.
“It’s just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined and British Airways won’t do the decent thing,” the disappointed dentist said. The lawsuit seeks $34,000 in damages.
NBC News picks up the story:
After nearly three days of transit, Gamson just barely made it to the conference, but his vacation was ruined: He's out the more than 375,000 frequent-flier miles he had used to book his first-class tickets, and he said the airline was less than helpful.
British Airways offered him and his partner $376 each and 50,000 miles, Gamson said. But he figured the pre-booked hotels, trains and other tours they had planned cost upward of $34,000. So he sued the airline, and he's representing himself.
“I have no legal background; I’m a dentist, but I know right from wrong — I don’t know if that does you any good in this world,” Gamson said. “I really thought they would just want to settle with me, because it’s so apparent that it’s just a stupid mistake.”