Airline mistakenly blacklists lawyer and threatens him with Terrorism Act

A LAWYER who set off to catch a holiday flight to Bilbao from the UK with his family was almost sent to jail instead when easyJet mistakenly added him to their ‘no-fly’ list.
Sean Reilly, 42, from Golders Green in London, arrived at the airport with his five-year-old daughter and his parents, but he was marched to the airline’s customer service desk where armed police officers were waiting, while staff told him he was banned from their aircrafts.
While his distraught daughter travelled on with her grandparents, Mr Reilly protested and was told he could be arrested under the Terrorism Act.
It emerged later that the confusion resulted from Mr Reilly being “incorrectly identified as a disruptive passenger on an earlier flight from London Gatwick to Toulouse,” according to a statement from a very apologetic easyJet.
But in the meantime, the disgruntled passenger missed a day of his holiday and had to book new flights with BA, in order to meet up with his family the next day in Bilbao.
He told British newspaper the Daily Mail that he had “never been so humiliated” in his life.
The airline said that they were reviewing the case to make sure it would not be repeated, and to make sure they took appropriate action against the real perpetrator of the incident that saw Mr Reilly banned, and were in discussions over compensation.

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