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December 4, 2015 Airport, Headline News 5 Comments Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59The Australian Women’s Weekly currently carries a striking picture on its online site – a 21-year-old Sydney woman, heavily pregnant, sleeping on the floor at Brisbane airport.

The woman, the story explains, was forced to sleep on the floor after her Virgin Australia flight to Sydney was cancelled and the airline refused her access to its lounge.

Meghan-Rachel Cochrane, eight months pregnant, was due to fly from Brisbane home to Sydney at 8pm on Sunday night but the flight was cancelled at the last minute, becoming one of several flights cancelled by storms on Sunday night.http://www.dreamhotels.com/bangkok/

Virgin Australia staff promised to arrange accommodation for passengers but later withdrew the offer because bad weather “wasn’t their fault”, the Australian Women’s Weekly story states.

As a result, Meghan-Rachel and other passengers were left to wait in the terminal until the next flight to Sydney, at 5am the following morning.

Meghan-Rachel did ask whether she might be allowed into the Virgin lounge, as the hard plastic seats in the terminal were too uncomfortable to sit in for nine hours.

Staff remained firm. The lounge was open only to business class travellers or frequent flyers. Meghan-Rachel’s mother called Virgin Australia to plead her daughter’s case – but the airline wouldn’t budge.

Midnight passed and Meghan-Rachel finished up lying down on the terminal floor, after sitting up ceased to be an option.

“It’s safe to say it wasn’t the most comfortable night I’ve ever had!” she said.

Virgin Australia reportedly refused comment as “it does not comment on individual cases”. It certainly seems to have brought itself some bad publicity.

The Australian Women’s Weekly story, complete with picture of Meghan-Rachel on the airport floor, can be read here: http://www.aww.com.au/latest-news/news-stories/pregnant-woman-forced-to-sleep-on-airport-floor-23490

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "5 comments" on this Article:

  1. Sean Flint says:

    I really am not sure what the issue is here, as I have had flights delayed or cancelled before, and have just gone home or if I wasn`t in my home city then gone to a hotel. This was nature with a storm not Virgin, I think people need to show some initiative call a friend, call a relative find a hotel or go home, fairly simple solution. But as we know some of these magazines scratch around for any storey or make one up. Virgin are a very good airline who I travel with regularly as I do with QANTAS, but I suppose they need to fill pages in these magazines.

  2. Mike Chalmers says:

    another indicator of the decline of our civilization with profit over people……..

  3. AgentGerko says:

    Why couldn’t she or her mum pull out a credit card and buy a room for the night? There are a number of cheap motels around Brisbane Airport.

  4. Happenstance says:

    I totally agree with both Sean and AgentGerko in that Virgin Australia have no obligation to this individual. The individual should have taken responsibility and found her own accommodation.

    The scenario is akin to that Australian woman who was blind drunk and crossed the road in America where she was naturally hit by a car. I read some weeks later that the father was complaining that Qantas would not offer her and her mother complimentary business class seats for the flight home. I truly hope, as a shareholder, that Qantas did not come to the party in that situation?

  5. jon says:

    I don’t think the Virgin lounge would be open overnight anyway so she couldn’t have stayed there.

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