British Airways Apologizes for Osama Bin Laden Gaffe

osama bin laden boarding passBritish Airways -- that's BA and not BP -- is apologizing, in succinct English style, I might add, for a recent picture in an internal magazine showing terrorist Osama Bin Laden's name on a boarding pass for the airline. (See it up top. Obviously the world's top terrorist has an iPhone.)

"Apologies for the error," the airline said this morning on its Twitter feed. "A mistake was made and we are working to find out how this occurred."


The picture appeared in an internal, bi-monthly magazine that BA puts out for its employees at Heathrow International Airport. It accompanied an article promoting a new mobile-boarding service that lets passengers quickly print up boarding passes via your smartphone from any location.

The sample pass shows Osama Bin Laden flying first class on October 26, 2010. Apparently he's a frequent flyer, which might explain why he's been so hard to pin down.

Currently the airline is trying to figure out if the picture was a practical joke left unchecked or the work of a disgruntled employee, such as one of the cabin crew workers, whose union is currently involved in a labor dispute over wages.

British companies are having a bad stretch of luck lately.

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