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No free meals for British Airways economy class

If you're looking forward to a complimentary meal on a short haul economy British Airways flight... firstly, that's very specific, and secondly, you can't have one. BA's economy passengers on short-haul journeys are going to have to pay for their meals, which are sandwiches supplied by Marks & Spencer. Any flight less than 5 hours…

Monarch say they're not in trouble

When someone announces that they're not in trouble, chances are there's at least some trouble afoot. Monarch Airlines are responding to the "negative speculation" that they're in financial bother, and insist that they are in fact "trading well". The budget airline issued a statement in response to speculation, and said that the market is indeed…

Free first class upgrade with British Airways

Ever fancied flying first class, but don't really want to stump up the money for it? Well, if you fly with British Airways, that could be happening for you. If you travel with Club World, you can get a free upgrade one-way with the airline. There's criteria that needs to be fulfilled, of course. There…

Don't eat peanuts on BA flights

Is there nothing you like more than rolling some nuts around your mouth when you're sat on a plane? Well, apparently, British Airways are asking passengers to stop doing that, if you're sat net to someone with a peanut allergy. That's the plan it seems, making BA the first major airline to do such a thing.…

Segway/swegway boards - illegal on the roads and pavements

Sweg boards, or self balancing scooters, or segways, or any number of other names as no-one can seem to agree on what they're called, are all set to be a smash this Christmas. Now, there's been a problem with the off-board chargers (which you should know about), but there's also a problem of them being…

Tinder for trains, which is what you've always wanted

Are you ready for a chilling combination of words? Course you are. If you're reading Bitterwallet, there's something clearly and certifiably wrong with you. "Think Tinder meets Groupon… for trains." That was the words of Edward Byrne, co-founder and Business Director of Paystobesocial, which is a new app which lets commuters in the UK hunt…

First Great Western strike - which trains are affected?

Last-minute talks to avert a 48-hour rail strike on First Great Western services have failed, according to the RMT union. That means, services between London, the west of England and Wales will be affected, as of teatime last night. Below, you can see a map of all the lines which fall under this area. Click…

Refund your Oyster or help charity

Do you have an Oyster card which you bought for lols that time you went to London and then completely forgot about? Well then you should check out if you can get the spare money back, as there's £124 million on them (not yours, but loads in general) Transport for London reckon - out of…

Have you heard about Ryanair's new "optional" £5 seat charge?

Good old Ryanair. The airline we loved to hate has turned over a new leaf of late, with a shiny new website, customer-friendlier policies like allocated seating and even a slightly nicer attitude from the Chief Exec. But it seems Ryanair are up to their old hidden-charges tricks, with last month’s changes to the online…

Airport IT glitch causes punch ups

There’s nothing more invigorating than a fist fight with some airport officials is there? Well, a few ‘scenes’ broke out last night after a technical hitch took out the border control computers at all UK airports. At Gatwick, queues stretched for ‘miles’ and there was a smattering of violence as frustrated passengers were forced to…

What do you hate most about public transport?

Public transport eh? A wonderful thing and occasionally, hellish beyond belief. Concerning the latter, a survey has been conducted to see what we all hate most about riding the train or sitting on a bus. With any luck, those dreadful annoying humans that cause such grievances will read this and realise how annoying they are.…

Ryanair finally sort out their dreadful, dreadful website

As part of Ryanair's cuddly makeover, they've tidied up their website so it doesn't make your eyes vomit into the sockets. The airline announced the changes through their Twitter account after previously announcing how they'd be making the Ryanair experience kinder to your nerves. You have to say, compared to the old Ryaniar site, this new…

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British Airways bog blunder

British Airways bog blunder

Oh dear, what can the matter be? Well, one poor lady got trapped in the lavatory – during take-off on a BA flight from Amsterdam to Gatwick. The plane was delayed by half an hour, but cabin crew were rushing around like BA flies, and the plane apparently moved away from the stand while passengers…

Allocated seating now a thing at Ryanair

Ryanair, who are trying to go all cuddly and pally of late, have announced that they're going to move to have fully allocated seating on all of their flights, which is a relief for those who hate the mad dash and scramble of the previous system. This will happen from February 2014 and it has…

Japanese robo boot could help stroke sufferers walk again

We all love a Japanese robo boot, and Yaskawa Electric have given us a doozy - a motorised leg brace which has been designed to give stroke patients the confidence to walk again. Catchily named the Ankle Walking Assist Device, the robot boot was developed by the Shibaura Institute of Technology and Hiroshima University’s Space…