Petition to Council of the European Union
Instruments on planes: Musicians call on the EU Council to follow the EU Parliament!
[Version française] [Deutsche Version] [Versión española] You thought that the EU was fair to musicians traveling on planes with their instruments? Wrong! Here’s why. Two years ago, on Feb. 5th, 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing community regulation 2027/97 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage by air. This revised regulation, adopted with an overwhelming majority of 580 votes in favour (41 against, 48 abstentions), includes provisions aimed to facilitate the transport of musical instruments on board planes as hand luggage. The text will only become EU law once it is adopted in the exact same terms by the European Council and the European parliament. Unfortunately, the limited attention that the European Council has paid to this matter so far has only resulted in the proposal to remove article 6e, which is precisely the section that recognises the right of musicians to be treated decently by airline companies. The reasoning of the Council is that “it should be left to each air carrier to establish its own policy on the matter”. The problem is that airlines operate vastly differing policies which are generally unfriendly to musicians. On March 6, 2015, new administrative rules for musical instruments went into effect in the US, as required by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. These rules establish a fair framework, along the very same lines as the article 6e that the European Council wants to delete. We believe that the European Union should be as fair to musicians as the US on this crucial issue. To this end, we call for a new and massive mobilization of the global music community, asking the European Council to ensure article 6e of revised regulation 2027/97 remains intact, in the wording adopted by the EU Parliament. Musicians, wherever they work, deserve a fair treatment when they travel by air with their instrument!
Petition to Blue Panorama Airlines
Make Blue Panorama Airlines refund victims of its "middle-name scam"
This petition is for the thousands of victims of Blue Panorama Airline's "middle-name scam" to demand the airline refund all of us the €50 - €80 per ticket they stole. Furthermore, we are asking them to remove the middle-name requirement from their terms and conditions, which most other airlines do not require. An apology for their unethical treatment of their customers would also be appreciated. If you are not familiar with this scam, for months they have been charging every passenger a €50 - €80 per ticket name-change fee just to add their middle name to the ticket, even though the airline's online form did not have any place to enter a middle name, there was only a field for "first name" and "last name." In a clear admission of their "mistake," they have recently changed their form to ask for "all given names" to match your identification exactly. Unfortunately, that improvement only helps people who book through the airline's own website. Most people book through other online travel sites and many of them don't have a field for "middle name" (because most airlines don't require it anyway), so all of these passengers continue to be forced to pay the name-change fees. To quote one victim's complaint on TripAdvisor "This happened to about half of the passengers on the same flight. The ones who didn't pay didn't have middle names." Were you a victim of this scam like me? Please sign the petition and spread the word. Perhaps they will finally do the right thing and we will all get our money back. At a minimum, it will help warn others to avoid them and apply pressure to force them to change their ways. As the number of victims who have signed this petition grows, it will also help convince an Italian law firm to file a class action lawsuit on our behalf if necessary. After signing the petition, please scroll down on the page and add your "reason for signing" and include the total amount they charged you and any other comments or details about your experience.
Petition to Anaphylaxis Campaign
Ban Nuts and Nut Products on Airlines
I am Han, I am 15 years old and I have suffered from an anaphylactic allergy to nuts and peanuts since being born. This is a life-threatening allergy and even one bite of a product containing my allergen can send me into a deadly anaphylactic reaction. I am like any normal teenager and just want to live my life and not have to constantly have to worry and check everything I eat. I have to carry my epi-pens, medication and language allergy cards everywhere I go. My allergy restricts me from living a normal day to day life and travelling with anaphylaxis can cause me a lot of anxiety. I am an anxious flyer anyway, but with the air being circulated on planes, the fact that my life is in the hands of whether or not my fellow passengers choose to eat nuts, makes it a whole lot worse. Somebody eating peanuts in the same aircraft as me can still send me into anaphylactic shock and can threaten my life. I struggle to eat anything in airports, as most food is nut based and it would mean more than anything to me if people could understand that by not eating nuts on flights, it could save my life. My last severe reaction happened 4 years ago on the flight home from my summer holiday. I was in a life-threatening condition that could've ended a lot worse than it did. I can't remember much of that horrifying day, but I couldn't breathe, my insides swelled up, I had the largest rash all over my body. To make matters worse, I was in the air, so the hospital was amoody impossible to reach. Therefore, I want to petition that nuts and nut based products be banned on all airlines. This could one day, be the difference between life and death of someone like me who suffers from an anaphylactic allergy to nuts and peanuts, so please sign this petition to help the growing number of nut allergy sufferers in the UK. It would mean so so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to read. Han:)
Petition to Rob Newcombe
British Airways cheating customers
From January 2017 British Airways are heading further downmarket by taking away free food and drinks on their European flights. It's their choice to do this and they claim that they are "upgrading the food offering". Many passengers booked and paid for flights BEFORE this was announced. Those flights were clearly sold as being with a full service airline and including refreshments. On a two hour flight it would be normal for a passenger to have say a gin and tonic, sandwich and coffee. On their new published pricelist this will now cost £11.30 (including the cheapest sandwich). British Airways will be charging customers £2.30 if they ask for hot water. After multiple messages of complaint, BA have offered £3 compensation claiming that the food and drinks were complimentary and therefore not part of the ticket price. This is the same as a bed and breakfast property removing the breakfast and saying that it was complimentary and so not paid for. BA need to offer a reasonable level of compensation to customers who have already paid for something that they will no longer receive. Whilst there are much worse things happening in the world, this is typical of how a large company treats the public with contempt. Please sign the petition and help change.
Petition to Chibuike Amaechi, Senator Hadi Sirika
Shut Down Arik
Flight from Lagos to New York Our companies, businesses, etc., constantly treat Nigerians the way they please and get away with it. It's appalling! Who has the power to shut down an airline? I have no clue but I am writing this to the Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Aviation. This has got to stop! My story below: My flight from New York to Lagos was on 12/12 and was supposed to depart at 1pm. Arik sent an email the day before saying it was delayed to 6pm. Great, I planned and got to the airport at 4pm. Not a single representative was there to check-in or address the passengers. I had to call customer service from the airport. Imagine! Only to call and this lady told me the flight has been delayed till 1:30 am. HOW DID I NOT RECEIVE A CALL OR AN EMAIL INFORMING ME ABOUT THIS EARLIER SO I WOULD BE IN MY HOUSE AND NOT WAIT AT THE AIRPORT FOR 6 HOURS. We finally boarded and didn't move until 3am. Part 2: My flight out of Lagos back to New York was scheduled for 12/21 at 11:30pm. In which I had a flight to Germany for 12/23 6pm EST. I called in the afternoon before heading to the airport, to ensure the same thing wouldn't happen and was informed that the flight is still running on schedule. After spending 4 hours in traffic to get to the airport, I got there and was told the flight had been canceled indefinitely. NO PRIOR NOTICE OF THIS WAS GIVEN TO ANY PASSENGER. Even the staff at the check-in counter had checked-in some people without knowing this would happen. HOW THE HELL DO YOU NOT EVEN INFORM YOUR OWN STAFF OF OPERATION PLANS? ABSOLUTE INCOMPETENCE! I missed my flight to Germany (which was about $1000), regardless of what time they decide to fly (they still don't know). I now have to book a ONE-WAY flight straight to Germany for another $1000. I didn't come to Nigeria with any clothes for the winter I'm about to go face, as I was to go home to New York to change the clothes I had packed to Nigeria. COMMUNICATION IS KEY. HOW DARE YOU LEAVE PASSENGERS AND EVEN YOUR OWN STAFF IN THE DARK? HOW DO YOU NOT EVEN HAVE A BACKUP PLAN WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN? Imagine, the manager coming out and addressing only a few people, when asked why he isn't addressing everyone, he says he is talking to the Business Class passengers, WHAT NONSENSE, so the rest of us aren't human beings? #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik #boycottArik