Marcus takes BA to task

British Airways last night announced it is to review its policy on uniforms in the wake of the row over a check-in worker told to stop wearing a cross.

British Airways last night announced it is to review its policy on uniforms in the wake of the row over a check-in worker told to stop wearing a cross.

It comes as a Norfolk man reported massive support from around the world for his website calling for a boycott of BA, set up in protest at the treatment of Nadia Eweida, from London.

The company has said it will examine ways in which uniforms could be adapted to allow symbols of faith to be worn openly "while remaining consistent with the BA brand and compliant with employment legislation."

The company said the criticism had been "unfair and misplaced."


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But Marcus Stafford, 41, of Dillington, near Dereham, is receiving an e-mail "every five seconds" in response to his baboycott.com website.

Mr Stafford said he was outraged by BA's "attack on Englishness" and felt compelled to take action. He spent about £20 to buy the internet domain to launch the site which went live on Thursday morning.

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And by yesterday hundreds of messages were pouring in from around the world - and he had been approached by a Polish newspaper for an interview.

In the first day he had 1,953 unique visitors to the site and 24,274 page views.

Mr Stafford, who has been flying with BA for about 15 years but has now destroyed his own Executive Club card, said: "This case was the last straw for me. I have just got so fed up with the constant barrage of anti-Englishness and attacks on Christianity.

"I was annoyed and I thought someone should organise a boycott of BA. The general consensus seems to be that BA has treated Miss Eweida badly in denying her the equality she desires. Only two people so far have written in support of BA."

Other critics include the Archbishop of York, the Rt Rev John Semantu, cabinet ministers Jack Straw and Peter Hain and former Conservative Home Office minister Ann Widdecombe.

The Bishop of Norwich the Rt Rev Graham James is among 13 bishops to join the criticism and said preventing people wearing the most sacred sign of their faith "seems petty and pointless."

BA said it had offered Miss Eweida an alternative post, in which she would be able to wear her cross openly, but she had turned it down.

Miss Eweida said she had been "overwhelmed" by the level of support from the public.

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