In a surprise move, passengers with British Airways called a ballot today, to consider a nation-wide strike. The passengers have been unhappy with both the management and the unions of late, but the call for a strike has caught both sides off-guard.
"This is unprecedented, don't these people know their place?" asked a Senior BA official. "They should ne sleeping on terminal floors, or standing in long, winding queues. In exceptional cases, they should be waiting in a grotty B&B until we can be bothered to phone them with details of an alternative flight. But strike action is really not on. Bloody proles."
Union representatives were equally critical. "It is irresponsible, selfish and, might I add, typical of their bloody attitude, to call this strike," announced the leader of DISRUPT, the airline union. "These cash-cows are wrong to deprive our members of income, for the petty reason of a few cancelled flights, missed weddings and destroyed holidays."
Some passengers have offered a more conciliatory solution, proposing 'civil disobedience' instead of a full-blown strike. This may include sarcastic answers to the question "did you pack these bags?", arriving at the last minute before check-in closes, and mass-ordering or wheat-intolerant kosher meals.
A representative for the passengers described the mood amongst the group: "We hope the situation cam be resolved without the need for any action. But some people are so desperate, they're even considering flying with Ryanair."