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British Airways asks Sachin his full name; Twitterati fume: ‘R u serious?’

British Airways later apologised for the mistake and asked for Sachin Tendulkar's full name and address.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 13, 2015 6:49 pm
sachin tendulkar, tendulkar, sachin tendulkar twitter, tendulkar twitter, british airways, all stars, cricket all stars, sachin tendulkar family, cricket news, cricket Sachin Tendulkar is currently part of the Cricket All Stars series in the USA. (Source: Reuters)

Sachin, who? Can Indian cricket fans forgive if someone asks the cricket legend his full name? But that’s exactly what happened when a British Airways customer service executive asked Sachin on Twitter his full name and address attracting the wrath of millions of fans across the world.

Twitterati were visibly shocked at the seemingly callous approach by the airline and expressed outrage on social media. Sachin, on his part, expressed anger – a rare sight for someone who is known for being calm.

Sachin posted on Twitter that he was ‘angry, disappointed and frustrated’ with British Airways after the wait-listed tickets of his family members were not confirmed despite availability of seats.

Also, Tendulkar’s luggage was wrongly tagged by the airline.

Apart from all this, the right-handed batsman, who is currently part of the Cricket All Stars in USA, complained about the airlines’ ‘don’t care attitude’.

Later, the British Airways apologised for the mistake and asked for the cricketer’s full name and address. But not before the backlash on Twitter!  Here are a few…

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    bonku
    Nov 14, 2015 at 1:52 am
    Every airline do mistakes and BA is very courteous, unlike Air India where rate of displaced or damaged luggage is a routine affair. It's not sachin or BA, but Sachin's blind and stupld bhakts that made the uproar.
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      bonku
      Nov 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm
      I always had worse experience with Air India. Should I call it racism? BA is far better in discipline, rule of law and neutrality. BTW, I'm a frequent flier with BA. these Indian celebs think they are Gods and always demand extra-consutional, extra-ordinary facilities. They never learn any sense of justice. And their blind bhakts make things worse for them and the country.
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        Prion
        Nov 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm
        Sachin who ? Realise cricket is as international as kabaddi when you see the number of nations playing it .The game and it's players are hyped extensively and promoted for TRP ratings for decades fooling armchair sports enthusiasts .I am a no less an Indian being against this de facto game and it's players.its certainly delusion of geur to think the w world should know about this non controversial quiet gentleman who is just a cricketer but the worlds greatest one at that.
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          Kali
          Nov 13, 2015 at 11:55 pm
          I was in Mumbai airport first cl lounge. I wanted to see the business lounge. I went to elevator. One gentleman escorted by an airport aid and one lady from airline. The elevator dela and guy took a self with the VIP. I asked theVIP r u a VIP, IAS officer or a policitian. The VIP answered nori their of them. Then we to business lounge. On my return to elevator, I asked the escort who that VIP. He said " Sachin".i lost touch with cricket for past 30 years living in America. It was a surprise to me .
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            P L
            Nov 13, 2015 at 9:34 pm
            Don't understand why Sachin should get angry if the Customer care of BA ask for his full name. Do everybody in the world supposed to know about Sachin ? He has been an international traveller all his life and must know that outside India especially in England the idea of VIPis missing. Even PM of Britain travel by Metro to his office just like ordinars person, then why this hulla gulla ? Yes the issue of mislabeling his luggage is not OK, but they apologized for that mistake. Again regarding confirming the seats for his wait listed family also is not so serious. It happens all the time with scores of travelers. In India I agree that mr. Sachin being a celebrity and Bharat Ratna holder will get a royal treatment. Such a behavior from a cool person like Mr. Sachin is not expelted.
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