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Thursday, 3 June 2010

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At a time when the word "British" automatically brings to mind, "BP Oil Spill" to most of the world, it's not exactly a great time for British Airways to release a commercial showing Osama Bin Laden easily getting on one of their planes.

"That's a slap in the face of those who died on 911 and the subway tragedy", stated one Brit. "I don't mind a good laugh, but not at something like this. What next? A taxi ad showing a shooter? An ad for an outdoor flea market selling weapons to Columbine students?"

The photo appeared in the LHR News, the company's internal staff magazine, that covers London's Heathrow Airport.

Mr. Bin Laden's image accompanied an article showing all the benefits of their latest mobile-boarding setup, which permits users of the mobile digital devices to print out their boarding passes on the fly. The boarding pass read "Bin Laden/Osama".

"Might as well show Hitler sending planes across the Channel to bomb us while showing a big smile and how easy it was for him to do so", stated another man on the street.

British Airways spokeswoman, Wendy Bottom, told ABC's Scott Mayerowitz that "a mistake has been made in this internal publication and we are working to find out how this occurred."

"Sounds more like the BP Oil Slick people during those first few days", stated a woman on the street, this time. "Like I said, $75, same as downtown, Mr. Reporter!"

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