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Man Sues After Landing in Grenada, Not Granada

American with Spanish-Jewish heritage wanted to visit the Andalusian city

Stephanie Butnick
June 24, 2014
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An American dentist hoping to visit the Spanish city of Granada for a few days before a conference in Portugal got a rude awakening when what he thought would be a two-hour flight from London turned out to be a nine-hour flight—to Grenada, in the Caribbean. Time reports that Edward Gamson of Philadelphia is suing British Airways for mixing up the two cities (it apparently happens a lot) and refusing to reimburse the $4,500 first-class tickets he and his partner booked for the trip.

As Gamson told Britain’s The Independent, he wanted always wanted to visit Granada, an medieval center of Jewish culture in Spain.

“I have a lifelong interest in Islamic art. I’m also of Spanish Jewish heritage so it was something I had always wanted to do to visit Granada and the Alhambra. I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain. Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon?”

Gamson is suing for $34,000 in damages.

There’s really only one thing to say about this whole thing—and one person to say it:

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.