HUNDREDS of thousands of airline passengers are facing travel misery after talks to avert a major strike broke down.
Hundreds of flights are expected to be cancelled ahead of the two-day strike by thousands of British Airways cabin crew, beginning on Tuesday.
The dispute is over sickness absence, pay and staffing.
The breakdown of the talks between BA and the Transport and General Workers Union late last night led to bitter recriminations.
BA accused the union of failing to "respond positively" to the serious proposals it had put forward, while the union accused it of failing "to hear the voice of common sense".
But the union, whose members include about 11,000 of BA's 14,000 cabin crew, laid the blame for the collapse of the talks firmly at the airline's door.