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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…

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…

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…

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…

EasyJet wanted to eject customer off flight for snarky tweet

An EasyJet customer claims that the bargain airline threatened to stop him boarding a flight because he posted a pissy tweet about the company. Mark Leiser, who teaches and studies internet law at Strathclyde University, got the hump about a delayed flight from Glasgow to London, which made him miss a connection. Of course, the…

It’s a Virgin Trains DE-BRA-CLE

In this Yewtree-tastic world we live in, we'd like to imagine that we’ve come a long way from the groping, grasping, heavy breathing sexism of yore. But Virgin Trains seems to think that the women who work for them are Barbara Windsor in Carry On Camping, more than happy to show off their bras while…

Italians drink like Scottish tramps

Italy! A place of sunshine, fine wines and rich food! A country with fashion houses, tailored suits and sexual potency! However, Italians aren't all great. Aside from the whole 'fascism thing', they also don't know the first thing about good beer. This is neatly underlined by an establishment called 'Old Bear' which, on the chalkboard,…

Thomas Cook complained at by idiots

Often, complaints made to companies, defy belief. That's because a lot of people who complain are hooting imbeciles. So imagine the kind of thing an imbecile might complain about if you sent them on holiday! Well, imagine no more as a collection of complaints made to Thomas Cook have been rounded up and shared online,…

Thomas Cook made to look like idiots on Facebook, which is saying something...

Looks as though Thomas Cook has had its arse handed to it, as they say in the world of corporate social media. Here’s a message that was left on the official Thomas Cook Facebook wall, by someone called… Thomas Cook! A cheeky request but not an unreasonable one. If handled carefully, Thomas Cook could have…