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Passenger paid Twitter to slam British Airways

Wednesday, 04 Sep, 2013 0

A tweet about British Airways losing luggage on a flight from Chicago went viral after a passenger paid Twitter $1,000 to promote it in the UK and US.

The tweet, which Hasan Syed bought from Twitter’s self-service ad platform, received more than 76,000 impressions in a couple of days on the social media site.

It was picked up by news sites, including CNN in the US.

Syed, who uses the handle @HVSVN, followed up his initial tweet with a series of posts slamming BA for allegedly losing his parent’s luggage on the weekend trip to Paris.

Promoted tweets appear in search results for a promoted trend and can be retweeted by any Twitter users.

BA took four hours to respond to Syed via a direct message on Twitter that read: "Sorry for the delay in responding, our twitter feed is open 09:00-17:00 GMT. Please DM [direct message] your baggage ref and we’ll look into this."

A BA spokesperson said: "We would like to apologise to the customer for the delay in receiving his bag. We contacted the customer and delivered his bag yesterday."

Earlier today, Syed tweeted "I got what I wanted. I win."


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