What should I do if my airline goes on strike?

British Airways jet
British Airways jet

Travelers of the world, we may be witnessing a sort of airline hari kari. The union for cabin crews at British Airways, a carrier that is already tottering toward fiscal disaster, is pressing for 12 days of strikes. That would cripple the airline at a price of $50 million per day. BA, which began in 1939 as the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), may not make it. A British court blocked the strike for now, but it could be in the wings.

If it eventually happens, about one million passengers may not make it where they want to go due to canceled flights. British Airways said that it would refund or re-book stranded passengers on new flights aboard rival carriers once flights are canceled. This is the standard in most strike actions.