NORTH BETHESDA, Md., June 24 (UPI) -- A Maryland man with a passion for Islamic art wanted to go to the Spanish city of Granada as part of a trip he was taking to Portugal, but a mistake by British Airways sent him and his partner to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead.
Edward Gamson's trip was ruined when the two-hour British Airways flight from London to Spain that he had anticipated turned out to be a a nine-hour trip down to the Caribbean.
Gamson and his partner noticed what was happening when they looked at the electronic map on the in-flight entertainment system, but by then it was too late. The couple never made it to Spain and the airline refused to reimburse their $4,500 first-class tickets, so Gamson brought the matter to court.
"I have a lifelong interest in Islamic art. I'm also of Spanish Jewish heritage so it was something I had always wanted to do to visit Granada and the Alhambra. I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain," Gamson told the Independent. Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon? It's just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined and ... BA won't do the decent thing."
The airline did offer Gamson and his partner $376 each and 50,000 frequent-flyer miles, but that wasn't enough to offset the $34,000 they had already invested in the truncated trip.
Gamson is representing himself in the lawsuit.
"I have no legal background; I'm a dentist, but I know right from wrong -- I don't know if that does you any good in this world," Gamson told NBC News. "I really thought they would just want to settle with me, because it's so apparent that it's just a stupid mistake."