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Why Brits got the bug for holiday sickness scams

British holidaymakers lead the world when it comes to false compensation claims – and now travel companies are fighting back. What has caused these nasty ‘gastroenteritis wars’ being fought across the Mediterranean?

In October 2013, Sean and Caroline Bondarenko spent a week at the five-star Caldera Palace hotel in Crete. Then they returned home. Three years passed. According to reports, in September 2016, the pair then put in a personal injury claim against the hotel for food poisoning. They had allegedly been so desperately ill that they were asking for £10,000 in damages.

The couple were reported as saying they would never have made their claim if a claims management company hadn’t encouraged them to do so. After all, they had only been ill for one day. And only a bit. If the case had been anything like the vast bulk of gastric illness claims, the hotel wouldn’t have contested it at all: the couple would have got a cheque to cover their next couple of holidays.

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‘Marmite amnesty’ under way at London City airport

Jar-swapping exercise could spread, as security staff stock up with 70g containers for passengers intent on taking their favourite foods on holiday

A UK airport has declared a “Marmite amnesty” today, after the popular savoury spread was found to be the number one branded food item confiscated from passengers’ hand luggage.

In an unusual move, London City airport is offering travellers the chance to swap any jars of Marmite exceeding the permitted 100ml size for a travel-friendly 70g miniature.

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