British Airways has dished out compensation of £200 in duty free vouchers after in-flight entertainment failed on a recent flight from Los Angeles. All of the first class passengers received the vouchers – including Prince William and Kate Middleton.
An insider told the Daily Mirror: “The whole of first class including the duke and duchess seemed a bit peeved but they were placated by BA’s offer. Still, 10 hours without in-flight entertainment is a little tough going.”
The Royal couple – whose tickets cost a whopping £5,000 each – were unable to enjoy the scheduled films The Fighter, starring Christian Bale, and The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. A BA spokesperson said: “Unfortunately a fault with some parts of the aircraft’s in-flight entertainment system couldn’t be fixed before the aircraft took off from Los Angeles.”
The spokesperson added: “We apologise to everyone affected and have offered customers either a voucher or frequent flyer miles to say sorry.” Passengers also on the flight commented that the couple were perfectly relaxed and laid back on the flight, despite the lack of entertainment.
One onlooker said: “They changed into more comfortable clothes and were very friendly to the other passengers”.
The couple had opted to fly with a commercial airline to save money. Whether they will do so again in the future is unknown…