Manic Street Preachers‘ keyboardist Sean Read is among the British Airways passengers who have been left stranded at Mumbai Airport.
As the BBC reports, 38 BA passengers were left in the airport after delays prevented them from making a connecting flight. Read, who has also played with Chrissie Hynde and The Rockingbirds, said he still did not know when he would be able to return home and that he had witnessed a “massive shouting match” taking place between staff.
Read had travelled to Mumbai from Goa with Air India on Sunday evening (January 4), but missed his connecting flight with BA due to various reasons including “delays getting through security and no walkway being present for us to leave the plane and get into the terminal”. He claimed that BA allowed the flight to take off despite being aware that there were still passengers who had not boarded the plane.
“Staff left us to sleep on the airport floor. There were kids, people in wheelchairs and we were offered no food or hotels,” he said. “Forty of us were left in an empty airport. Staff told us it could take up to eight days to get us all home. Today some people have managed to get flights and the airlines seem to be both working together.”
Read, who said that 12 passengers remained stuck at the airport today (January 5), added: “BA have offered us a hotel for the night. They can’t give us any guarantees, but they’re hoping we’ll leave within the next 24 hours. Most of us are professionals. I’ve got recordings and meetings I’m meant to attend and I’ve had to reorganise them using dodgy internet and phone signals.”
Read had also posted several messages on Twitter about the mishap. ” @British_Airways had massive public shouting match over blame with @airindiain then walked off. Haven’t seen them since,” he posted, before later adding: “Some families have given up and paid up to £5,000 just to get home. Haven’t slept for 36 hours now.”
A spokesperson for BA said they were “doing all we can” to help their stranded customers, adding: “In order to get them on their way as quickly as possible we have booked a number of customers on to flights with other airlines, and we are working to rebook those remaining on to the next available flights.”
In December last year, the Manic Street Preachers played a series of gigs in which they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’ by performing it in full. They released their 12th studio album, ‘Futurology’, in July last year.