Plane maps indicate wrong Stansted

An in-flight map could confuse BA passengers heading to Stansted Airport

An in-flight map could confuse BA passengers heading to Stansted Airport

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British Airways officials are talking to computer technicians about in-flight maps which alert passengers to the Kent village of Stansted - rather than Stansted Airport in Essex.

An airline spokesman said the maps - which appear on planes' seat-back screens - "could be confusing" and added that staff were speaking to the firm which created the mapping system.

Passengers tracking their flight path are alerted to the location of "Stansted" - a spot roughly halfway between London and the Kent coast - as aircraft approach southern England.

British Airways said the maps were not highlighting Stansted Airport - which is near the village of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex - but Stansted, Kent.

"It is something we are aware of," said the spokesman. "There is a village called Stansted in that location, in Kent. The map is not referring to Stansted Airport."

He added: "We have already spoken to the company which supplies the system. It is something that could be confusing. We are speaking to them about it."

Stansted Parish Council clerk Roxana Brammer said tourists should visit the village and enjoy a slice of rural Kent.

"Tourists would enjoy themselves in Stansted," she said. "We've got St Mary the Virgin church. That's medieval. Worth a visit. And there are three pubs. And we've got a hotel - the Hilltop. They do bed and breakfast and Sunday lunches."


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