BBC News Review: British Airways’ embarrassing mistake

Dan and Neil teach you the language the world’s media is using to discuss this story:

The head of British Airways’ parent company has blamed human error for the computer problems that caused chaos for tens of thousands of passengers over the bank holiday weekend.

The chief executive of IAG, Willie Walsh, said an engineer had disconnected the power supply to a data centre, and then reconnected it without following the correct procedure.

Key words and phrases:
human error = a mistake made by a person
meltdown = the complete failure of a system
fiasco = a complete and embarrassing failure

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