Top lawyer and family escorted off British Airways flight by police after dispute over nanny seat

Charles Banner QC, 41, had paid for the business class seats, but the nanny’s seat was downgraded because BA oversold the seats on the flight, sparking the onboard row with cabin crew.

The legal mastermind had planned to go on a week-long ski holiday to Turin with his unnamed wife, their young children, aged one and four, and their nanny after booking flight BA 2578 from last Thursday from Heathrow Airport for £1,250.

But Mr Banner said he was ‘upset’ when the argument broke out on the plane, which ultimately led to the pilot turning around and refusing to fly unless the family were dismissed.

He said MailOnline“If BA had told me the nanny couldn’t sit with us on business, we wouldn’t have traveled and could have caught a later flight. But they only told us when we got to the gate.

“I behaved perfectly but I challenged the cabin crew because it was the right thing to do. The pettiness and vindictiveness of the staff is the cause. I was very polite about it all.

Mr Banner estimated the whole incident cost him £4,000 as he said after the argument he had booked a hotel near Heathrow and then the family took a taxi to the airport from Gatwick the next day, where they flew with EasyJet to Turin.

He added: ‘As per standard protocol in a situation where passengers depart a plane and return landside, the police escorted our family through immigration. They clarified that this was just standard protocol and that no violations were alleged or committed.

A BA spokesperson said: “We do not tolerate disruptive behavior and the safety of our customers and crew is our top priority.”

The Standard has approached British Airways for further comment on the story.

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