|Bridget Nhire (pictured) was given a life ban from British Airways flights after a passenger complained that she kept getting up to stretch her legs|
A fashion stylist has been banned for life from all British Airways flights after a 'minor argument' with another customer over stretching her legs on a Dubai plane. Bridget Nhire, 33, was left in tears when she was handcuffed and escorted off the flight after the passenger behind her complained that she kept walking around.
The humiliated Reiss consultant told the Daily Mirror: 'They strapped me to the seat and put me in plastic cuffs. I have bruises.'
The row took place at 30,000ft on a Heathrow to Dubai flight where the 5ft 3ins stylist was due to visit pals. Ms Nhire said: 'He was telling me to sit down and I said "I have the right to get up and walk around for my health". 'That escalated into a minor argument.' She claimed the crew then moved her to the front of the plane and alleged that she was being 'aggressive' and 'may have had a little too much to drink'. She said: 'I had a drink but was not drunk. I had two glasses of wine with my meal.' Police escorted her from the plane, but freed her without charge five hours later and gave her the life ban - which Ms Nhire has branded an over-reaction.
|The 33-year-old stylist for Reiss was left in tears when she was handcuffed and escorted off the flight after the passenger sitting behind her complained that she kept walking around|
|She was held for five hours once escorted off and freed without charge - but given a life ban, which she has branded an over-reaction|
British Airways refused to let her on a plane to fly back home when she went to the airport for her return flight earlier this month. Ms Nhire was left stranded at Dubai International for eleven hours and was forced to call her mother to organize a different flight.
|BA also refused to let the stylist get on her return flight back to the UK - leaving her stranded at Dubai International for eleven hours, for which she wants £350 compensation|
She is demanding £350 compensation from the airline as a result. Her mother, from Uxbridge, Middlesex, said that BA needed to be held 'accountable' for leaving her daughter stranded.
BA said it undertook a full investigation analysing statements from crew and passengers before taking the 'rare' decision to ban her.
The airline stated that it does not comment on individual cases, but says lifetime bans can be appealed. A spokeswoman added: 'Our customers and crew deserve to enjoy their flights, and not suffer from any form of disruption. 'This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.
'We would never issue a lifetime ban without first carrying out a thorough investigation into an incident - which includes taking witness statements from other customers and reports from crew. 'If a customer has any future bookings with the airline at the time the ban is imposed, we will issue a refund. 'As detailed in the letter issuing the ban, customers can appeal the decision.'