Hundreds of flights at the three main London airports were carried out with significant delays on Tuesday because of a protest on a track and a technical problem at British Airways, Reuters reported.
System crash of the British airline has affected tens of thousands of passengers and at least 100 flights that had to be made 27 airports worldwide. Among the airports with impaired schedule were London Gatwick and Heathrow and the airports in Edinburgh, Helsinki, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, and Mexico, says Sun newspaper.
Exasperated passengers in the British capital were forced to change their plans because of a demonstration at the London City Airport. Activists from the British branch of the US anti-racist movement “Black lives matter” occupied the runway. Nine activists lay down on it and fastened with chains to each other in a 6-hour protest, causing severe delays. Canceled were flights from London to Geneva, Milan, Luxembourg, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Zurich, Florence, Mallorca and Malaga.
Delays caused a breakdown in the system for registration of passengers of airline British Airways. The carrier said that the registration of customers at Heathrow and Gatwick takes longer than usual and urged people to check in online.
Passengers told the BBC that they were waiting for their flights for hours. They added that the boarding passes of most of them were written by hand. The problem in the computer system led to delays at airports in the United States. Passengers in San Francisco, Washington, and Atlanta wrote on social networks that they have been waiting in a huge queue for check-in.
Experts commented that this is yet another technical problem in the systems of British Airways this year, which may affect negatively the company’s reputation.