Unsuspecting British Airways passengers were spectacularly pranked recently as they went to check-in at Terminal 5 Heathrow. Luckily it was all taken in good spirits for what turns out to be a fantastic cause.
BA persuaded comedian David Walliams, former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and British Olympic diver Tom Daley to pose as ground staff for the day – and get up to some antics with passengers.
The three celebs were helping to raise money for one of the UK’s favourite charity events – Red Nose Day. The fundraiser, which takes place every two years, is part of the bigger Comic Relief campaign. British Airways and Comic Relief have worked together for the past seven years through its Flying Start campaign.
In that time, the collaboration has helped to raise over £15 million for some of the most disadvantaged children around the world. BA encourages its staff to become Flying Start Champions who take part in individual and group fundraising activities.
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“This year Red Nose Day is going back to its comedy roots, and we’re delighted to be supporting it with these great films from some of the nation’s favourite personalities working a shift at British Airways,” said Troy Warfield, British Airways’ director customer experience.
Walliams is no stranger to playing airport workers, having starred in the BBC comedy, Come Fly With Me. The popular sitcom featured Moses Beacon, a passenger liaison officer for the fictional airline Great British Air. It was rumoured that Walliams based the character on real employees of British Airways.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.