Skift Take

Those traveling on British Airways this week -- especially on short-haul flights -- may be in for disruptions as a portion of its cabin crew is expected to go on strike.

What to Know Now

As if weather problems in California and the American Southwest, plus disruptions because of the murders at Fort Lauderdale International Airport weren’t enough, air travelers this week have another fiasco to deal with: Cabin crew at British Airways plan to strike on Tuesday, potentially affecting travel on the London-based carrier.

Unlike past recent strikes at other EU carriers, however, the upcoming action may not be as disruptive to travelers. According to Skift’s Brian Sumers, only 20 percent of the current cabin crew are taking part in the strike and the majority of the employees are younger staff working on domestic aircraft. Travelers on long haul flights may thus be less affected by the action.

Even so, it may be worth checking on your flight status as the week gets started — British is currently working on ironing out flight logistics this week (and is apparently tweeting aggressively).

Social Quote of the Day

This calculated and heartless industrial action by Unite is completely unnecessary. We are determined that it will fail.



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Photo credit: British Airways cabin crew are expected to mount a strike starting the week of January 10, 2016. Pictured is a British Airways A380. British Airways

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