London - Thomas Cook cabin crew were told to pay for hotels and flights home out of their own pockets after they were left stranded at airports in the US.
Nine flight attendants, two captains and a first officer were evicted from the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas on Monday evening and left to find their own way home.
The captain’s company credit cards were cut off with immediate effect, meaning the crew had to pay for food, drink and spare clothes. They would have had to pay around £64 (about R1 200) each to stay in a budget hotel for a night but a local Virgin Atlantic supervisor stepped in and picked up the bill.
They made their way to the airport on Tuesday but claim they were told by British Airways that they would have to pay £8 000 each for tickets on their next flight back to London. On Tuesday night BA agreed to fly the Las Vegas crew back to London. Most of the cabin crew arrived in the US with nothing more than their uniforms, a change of clothes and some bare essentials.