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The Independent Online
A plane full of angry holidaymakers flew out of Gatwick yesterday, more than two days late, and with passengers vowing never to fly with Sir Freddie Laker's airline again.

The passengers for Flight 6F503, who were given twelve departure times during their 49-hour-nine-minute wait, tried to get hold of Sir Freddie at his home in America, but were told he was having a 74th birthday barbecue party. Police kept an eye on the passengers, who had been forced at one time to give back Duty Free purchases before boarding the flight. They could not retrieve their baggage because it had been taken by Gatwick Handling anticipating at 1pm departure to Florida on Sunday.

Dawn Inskip, of Bedford, travelling with her husband and four-year- old daughter Carly, said she had paid pounds 2,000 for the trip: "We booked through Going Places but nobody seems to be going places with Sir Freddie."

The holidaymakers are demanding compensation.