The British take their tea very seriously. Just look at how angry they got over that whole Boston Tea Party thing. But even in modern times, Brits aren’t above having a scuffle over tea – and one recent incident has led airline giant British Airways to publically clarify the brand’s tea policy: For the record, it’s alright to take more than one bag, and if you really want to be a rebel, it’s even okay to mix more than one flavor.
British Airways’ unprecedented teabag policy clarification can be traced back to a November 23 post on the FlyerTalk message board. A frequent user with the handle “Orbitmic” described a recent negative experience in one of the airline’s lounges at Heathrow Airport where a BA employee watched “insistently” as the flyer looked at the tea selection. “When having (typically herbal) tea, I often pick two different flavours and mix them,” Orbitmic wrote. “I took one elderflower Darjeeling, one elderflower apple, and the cup of hot water I had just poured. This did not make her happy: ‘sir, just to inform you that it is only one tea bag at a time and for lounge consumption only.’”
The posting grabbed the attention of other FlyerTalk users who promptly labeled the BA staff member’s reaction as “petty” and “beyond comment.” But it also happened to catch the attention of someone on the forums who apparently works for British Airways. “It was an error made by a colleague. It has been dealt with,” wrote Adrianjc32. “You are welcome to create blends with a variety of tea bags.”