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Petitioning UK Parliament, British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic, Civil Aviation Authority, Monarch Airlines

Ban Nuts and Nut Products from Airlines

Aim: to ban the sale and use of nut and nut products (such as nut cooking oil) in food offerings, and ALSO to give air stewards the right, under law or policy, to inform a passenger with externally purchased nuts that they are not at liberty to consume them during flight. My Cousin, and Julie's niece and Goddaughter, Amy May Shead is a 29-year-old woman who was left severely brain injured after a catastrophic allergic reaction to one mouthful of food containing nut-products, while on holiday in Budapest. While this tragic incident, which has left Amy unable to walk, talk or see, did not occur on an airline, The Amy May Trust, the organisation raising vital funds for Amy's continual medical care and rehabilitation are raising awareness of the dangers of nuts and nut products to other nut allergy sufferers.  Airlines are a confined space and a unique environment compared to all other modes of transportation. Unlike other forms of both private and public transport, or open spaces (all of which can be fatal to a nut allergy sufferer), an airline is an airtight tube within which the ventilation system can cause serious consequences to passengers who may be affected by contaminated air. Equally, if a reaction takes place onboard, the patient will require urgent and time-sensitive medical care, often within moments of the reaction taking place, even with personal medication such as an EpiPen, reaching a hospital within the required time is an unfeasible solution when thousands of feet in the air.  Off the back of UK national exposure of Amy's tragic story, The Amy May Trust are petitioning to remove all nuts from airlines.  While we understand the small comforts of travelling, such as a snack with your first-holiday drink onboard, we also realise the seriousness of many allergies, of which nuts pose a life or death danger, which is why we believe nuts and nut products should be banned from this unique mode of transport. We also appreciate the vast majority of airlines handle a passenger with a nut allergy extremely well, yet a blanket ban and the right for an air steward to inform a passenger with externally purchased nuts that they are not at liberty to eat them while onboard, will dramatically reduce the risk to both the sufferer and the airline. There are many alternative snacks to offer onboard a flight, but a nut allergy sufferer has only one life. 

Tom Martin & Julie Martin .
305,143 supporters
Petitioning British Airways

Stop selling trips to SeaWorld. End your support for these cruel orca circuses.

SeaWorld celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 but it also marked another anniversary - 50 years of holding orcas captive for ‘entertainment’ purposes. Orcas live in tight family groups who usually stay together for life. SeaWorld ripped many of these wild families apart in the 60s and 70s. Although they don't capture from the wild anymore, they now breed orcas from as early as 6 years old. In the wild, orcas do not start breeding until they are around 15. Impregnating orcas so young has resulted in many mothers rejecting their calves or being aggressive towards them and mothers not knowing how to nurse properly which leads to their calves dying within the first few months. Surviving calves often have to be raised by trainers. Without any bond to their mothers, these orcas do not learn how to nurse and cannot bring up their own offspring. Captivity causes orcas mental distress, as seen in Tilikum (pictured above), who was involved in the death of three humans, and Kasatka, who dragged her trainer Ken Peters under water multiple times in an attempt to drown him in 2006. I do not want to see these beautiful creatures suffer any longer. I also do not want to see another human being die in these theme parks just because the owners of these parks cannot let go of their traumatised star attraction. WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a charity I am a supporter of, are backing my calls for British Airways to stop working with SeaWorld. In response to WDC’s recent campaign, Virgin Holidays are looking carefully at their future relationship with the captivity industry. I hope BA will step up to the mark and do the same. We ask BA to stop selling trips to SeaWorld. After 50 years of making millions of dollars profit for SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium, we want to see a better future for these magnificent, intelligent and socially complex whales. BA responded positively to WDC’s campaign asking cargo airlines not to transport live whales and dolphins captured in the wild. We hope they will extend their positive response to our wish for an end to the suffering these orcas endure in confinement in the name of ‘entertainment’.Photo credit: P.Wigmore

Kathleen Haase
288,145 supporters
Petitioning British Airways

Verkaufen Sie keine Reisen mehr nach SeaWorld. Beenden Sie Ihre Partnerschaft und Ihre Unterstützung dieses grausamen Orka-Spektakels.

Der berühmte Vergnügungspark SeaWorld in Florida, Kalifornien und Texas, feierte 2014 Ihr 50-jähriges Jubiläum. Das Jahr 2014 kennzeichnet jedoch noch ein weiteres Jubiläum – 50 Jahre, in denen Orcas von SeaWorld in Gefangenschaft gehalten und zu Vergnügungszwecken zur Schau gestellt wurden. Der Film BLACKFISH (zum Trailer) erklärt gut, was für furchtbare Folgen die Gefangenschaft hat. In den letzten Monaten haben Menschen auf der ganzen Welt dafür gesorgt, dass große Firmen, Stars und Sponsoren Ihre Kooperation mit SeaWorld beenden. Mit dieser Petition fordere ich die Fluggesellschaft British Airways dazu auf den Verkauf von Reisepaketen nach SeaWorld zu beenden. Wir wollen eine bessere Zukunft für Orcas - eine Zukunft ohne Zwang, ohne künstliche Befruchtung und ohne dauerhafte Trennung von Familienangehörigen. Schwertwale leben in sehr engen Familienverbänden, die normalerweise ein Leben lang zusammen bleiben. SeaWorld riss viele dieser Familien zwischen 1960 und 1970 auseinander. Da SeaWorld keine Schwertwale mehr aus freier Wildbahn fangen darf, züchten sie jetzt Orcas in Gefangenschaft ab dem Alter von nur 6 Jahren. In freier Wildbahn pflanzen sich Schwertwale in der Regel nicht vor dem Alter von etwa 15 Jahren fort. Die Weibchen so früh zu befruchten hat oft dazu geführt, dass die Mütter entweder ihre Kälber abweisen oder ihnen gegenüber aggressiv werden und dass viele Mütter zu jung sind um zu wissen, wie sie ihr Jungtier aufziehen und ernähren können, wodurch viele Kälber in den ersten paar Monaten ums Leben gekommen sind. Jungtiere, die überlebt haben, müssen oft von Tierpflegern per Hand aufgezogen werden. Diese Jungtiere lernen ohne die enge Bindung zu ihrer eigenen Mutter jedoch nicht, wie sie selbst ihren eigenen Nachwuchs großziehen können. Schwertwale in Gefangenschaft leiden unter psychischem Stress. Das kann man bei dem Orca Tilikum sehen (im Bild oben), der in drei Todesfällen von Menschen involviert war sowie bei Kasatka, die 2006 ihren Tierpfleger Ken Peters mehrere Male unter Wasser gezogen hat, vermutlich um ihn zu ertränken. Ich möchte diese wundervollen Geschöpfe nicht länger leiden sehen. Des Weiteren möchte ich, dass keine Menschen mehr von Orcas in Gefangenschaft getötet werden, nur weil die Eigentümer dieser Parks nicht auf ihre Star-Attraktion verzichten möchten. Erst kürzlich hat der Reiseveranstalter "Virgin Holidays" nach öffentlichem Druck von Whale and Dolphin Conservation verkündet, dass sie ihre Beziehung mit der "Gefangenschaftsindustrie" in Zukunft gründlich unter die Lupe zu nehmen. Letzte Woche hat die amerikanische Fluggesellschaft Southwest Airlines verkündet, dass sie ihre 25jährige Partnerschaft mit SeaWorld NICHT FORTSETZEN WERDEN und nach dem Auslauf ihres momentanen Vertrages keine Reisen mehr nach SeaWorld verkaufen werden. Ich hoffe sehr, dass British Airways dasselbe tun wird. Wir fordern BA dazu auf keine Reisen nach SeaWorld mehr zu verkaufen. Wir wollen, dass diese prächtigen, intelligenten und sozialen Lebewesen nach 50 Jahren, in denen sie nur geschuftet haben um millionenschwere Profite zu erwirtschaften, eine bessere Zukunft vor sich haben. Photo credit: P.Wigmore

Kathleen Haase
288,145 supporters
Petitioning Mr Craig Kreeger, British Airways

Same fares for Caribbean and UK travellers

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic control over 80% of all direct flights between the UK and the Caribbean. Both companies operate a fares policy which discriminates against travellers who begin their journey in the Caribbean. For example, a passenger starting their journey in the Caribbean has to pay up to 80% more to travel on the same plane, at the same time and on the same day as a passenger starting their journey in the UK. This unfair discrimination should be stopped. Passengers starting their journey in the Caribbean should have access to the same fares as those starting their journey in the UK.

Tee White
8,629 supporters
Petitioning British Airways

British Airways to reduce flight fare for Nigerian route

British Airways has excessively increased their prices on the Nigeria - London route. As a silver member of the British Airways club and as a frequent flyer on BA their decision to increase fares drastically with no explanation is unfair to their customers.  We all know how forex rates have changed in Nigeria as a pound is now twice what it was two years ago. BA has corrolated their price with this rise in forex and ridiculously increased the flight fare. A flight from Abuja to London use to go for approximately £1000 now the fare is £3900. No explanation what so ever! This is pure extortion of one of their busiest routes!  Please sign this petition to get BA to either explain the increased fares on our Nigeria route or revert back to previous fares. 

Hadiza Abba Gana
8,007 supporters
Petitioning American Airlines, Mike Hhogan, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, British Airways, US Airways Group

Ask Airlines to Ban Transport of Elephant Trophies

With the devastating reversal on the ban to import trophies of elephants, it is up to the airlines to come together and ban transport of any such trophies. Lest we forget, elephants remain threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). By lifting this ban, the already dwindling elephant population will experience catastrophic devastation. Please help save these majestic creatures.

Nic Pierce
6,263 supporters
Petitioning British Airways

Bring Back Concorde!

After almost 28 years of supersonic travel, Concorde was prematurely retired in October 2003 and despite British Airways pledging to keep one Concorde flying in a heritage capacity, Concorde has not left the ground since 26th November 2003. On that date, a new global campaign was formed - the Save Concorde Group - with the the sole objective of seeing this aircraft fly again in a heritage capacity. In the first 12 months, and with the lack of today's social media tools which back then could probably have prevented Concorde's demise, a 25,000 strong hand-signed petition was delivered to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street to call upon the Government's immediate intervention to assist with getting Concorde airborne again. Unfortunately, that Government (and subsequent ones since) have felt unable to intervene in this issue as they feel they have no locus to intervene in Concorde which is a wholly privately owned asset of British Airways. Nearly 12 years on since the final flights, it still remains entirely possible that Concorde could fly again as there is no technical reason prohibiting it flying again. The only issues preventing Concorde from flying again are simply political on many fronts. For more than a decade, speculation has been rife amongst enthusiast groups when discussing Concorde flying again and how much it would cost. Some have estimated £15m, others have guesstimated at several hundred million pounds. However, with the lack of a feasibility study having been commissioned, NOBODY knows. In 2009/10, SCG directly questioned British Airways, who remains the owner of their Concorde fleet despite them resting in museums since they were retired, if they would release a copy of this feasibility study they claimed to have undertaken having previously stated in any media responses that their conclusion was it was not commercially viable. However, British Airways' CEO Willie Walsh, stated to us that he did not know if such a study even existed, never mind if it had been carried out and what it's results were with a view to sharing that with us. When it comes to aviation history, Britain is a serious player and every corner of the British Isles oozes anecdotes and items of major national interest. This has been epitomised in the last few years with various flights by the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who grace our skies at events of major national interest such as the 2012 London Olympics and Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee throughout which Concorde was nowhere to be seen. And later this year, the Avro Vulcan XH558 will fly for the last time having successfully been restored to heritage flight capacity by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust. All we ask, is for Concorde to have her rightful place amongst such festivities and we call upon British Airways, Airbus SAS, Air France and the British and French Governments to put aside the history of why Concorde was prematurely retired and collaborate in the same spirit Concorde was born from in co-operating to determine whether we could see Concorde fly again. http://www.saveconcordegroup.co.uk/http://www.facebook.com/saveconcordegrouphttp://www.facebook.com/groups/saveconcordegroup/http://www.twitter.com/save_concorde

Save Concorde Group
4,749 supporters
Petitioning British Airways

STOP giving us old planes! STOP the DELAYS

Dear British Airways, We, the undersigned, call for the use of terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport for flights to Ghana to be changed back to terminal 5. This is as a result of the appalling and unprofessional conditions Ghanaians and passengers to Accra are forced to face. We have experienced without improvement; severe delays, lack of permanent stands, bad customer service and severely understaffed teams. Serious concerns have also been raised about the types of aircrafts being used on our route which happens to be one of the most expensive in the world. In addition, when delays happen, information flow has been very bad. The services we were offered at terminal five led to higher efficiency and productivity for those visiting Ghana and we wish for this to resume. Yours sincerely, GUBA On behalf of all travellers to Ghana

GUBA Enterprise
2,348 supporters
Closed
Petitioning British Airways

Change flights to Ghana from terminal 3 back to terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.

Dear British Airways, We, the undersigned, call for the use of terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport for flights to Ghana to be changed back to terminal 5. This is as a result of the appalling and unprofessional conditions Ghanaians and passengers to Accra are forced to face. We have experienced without improvement; severe delays, lack of permanent stands, bad customer service and severely understaffed teams. Serious concerns have also been raised about the types of aircrafts being used on our route which happens to be one of the most expensive in the world. In addition, when delays happen, information flow has been very bad. The services we were offered at terminal five led to higher efficiency and productivity for those visiting Ghana and we wish for this to resume. Yours sincerely, GUBA On behalf of all travellers to Ghana

GUBA
1,594 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, ABTA, CAA

Stop airlines charging for children to sit next to their parents/caregivers

Children under 12 should have a seat next to there parents (not in front or behind on diagonally across from them) without being charged.  It is unsafe from a safety perspective to expect a stranger to provide emergency support to a child.  It is dangerous from a safeguarding perspective to leave a child with an unchecked person out of direct sight of their parent.  Flying is a stressful and often confusing experience the touch of a parent for reassurance is important to minimise the stress a young person experiences. 

Clare callow
626 supporters
Stop selling trips to SeaWorld. End your support for these cruel orca circuses.

Jonathon Counsell, British Airways' head of environment has this update: We have actively sought the views of and evidence from a range of people and organisations including the leading NGOs in this field on the issue of cetaceans in captivity. We welcome the extensive work undertaken by ABTA in publishing best practice guidance for the welfare of animals in tourism, particularly in countries where laws do not govern animal welfare. SeaWorld has assured us that its animal care standards exceed this best practice guidance and are governed by US federal and state laws alongside accreditation standards set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as the Association of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. Further, SeaWorld does not collect cetaceans from the wild and has not done so for nearly three decades. On this basis we currently see no reason to end our relationship with the organisation. We will continue to offer our customers the option to make their own decisions on whether to visit SeaWorld. We recognise that the science of cetacean welfare is evolving and we encourage further study in this area.

3 years ago
Stop selling trips to SeaWorld. End your support for these cruel orca circuses.

In common with many airlines and travel companies in the UK, we offer services intended to make the booking of holiday experiences more convenient for members of the public who wish to visit SeaWorld attractions. We offer similar arrangements in regard to theme parks and other places of interest at many destinations on our global network. Whether members of the public choose to make use of these arrangements is entirely up to them. We note the concerns you have raised in relations to animal welfare. We feel sure you will be aware that regulation of animal welfare at SeaWorld is a matter for the relevant federal and state authorities in the US. We have no reason not to have confidence in the expertise of these authorities in what is a highly specialised field far removed from the world of aviation.

3 years ago