Magna Carta gets first class seat on trip to USA

An 800-year-old copy of the Magna Carta has been given VIP treatment on its journey from Britain to the USA.

British Airways are being sued after alleged destination mix up. Image by RHL Images / CC BY-SA 2.0.

British Airways gave Magna Carta Copy a first class seat on its flight to New York Image by RHL Images / CC BY-SA 2.0

The rare version was allocated a first-class seat on the flight to New York.

The Magna Carta copy is undertaking a world tour to coincide with its 800th anniversary

The Magna Carta copy is undertaking a world tour to coincide with its 800th anniversary Image by James Joel / CC BY 2.0

The BBC reports that the copy from 1217 is on loan to the US from Hereford Cathedral and is going on display at a city museum to mark its 800th anniversary.

The Magna Carta was originally issued by the ruler of his time, King John in 1215, but it has been reissued and altered down through the years.

One of its main tenets which became a general principle was that every citizen including the king was subject to the law.

This version of the Magna Carta is on a world tour and it will go on display in China, Malta, Portugal, Luxembourg and Singapore.

It will reside at the New-York Historical Society – the only US venue to have an exhibit - until the end of this month.

A spokesperson for British Airways described the use of a seat to transport the historic copy as “a first for first-class.”