The union also announced it would 'vigorously' pursue legal action against the airline on behalf of 1,400 cabin crew, who say they were 'sanctioned' for taking previous strike action.
Unite claims bonus payments and travel concessions worth hundreds of pounds have been taken away from employees who participated.
With wide ears, Buddy Holly glasses and a shock of strawberry-blond hair, Schlappig resembles Ralphie from if he'd grown up to become a J. Back beyond the curtain in business class, a dozen jowly faces cast a stony gaze on the crescendos of laughter and spilled champagne — another spoiled trust-fund kid, they've judged, living off his parents' largesse. They're self-styled competitors with a singular objective: fly for free, as much as they can, without getting caught.
In the past 20 years, the Internet has drawn together this strange band of savants with an odd mix of skills: the digital talent of a code writer, a lawyer's love affair with fine print, and a passion for airline bureaucracy.
The six suites in this leather-bound playpen of faux mahogany and fresh-cut flowers comprise the inner sanctum of commercial flight that few ever witness. " exclaims one, and soon Schlappig is ordering champagne for everyone.
They're mostly empty now, save for two men in their twenties who seem even giddier than the flight attendants. This sort of thing happens to Schlappig nearly everywhere he goes.
Members of Unite in the so-called mixed fleet - who work on both short and long-haul routes - will walk out from on Saturday July 1 to on Sunday July 16.
But BA has argued that the pay and rewards are in line with those given to employees at competing firms.
Mixed fleet staff have been recruited since 2010 and make up about 30 per cent of crew at Heathrow.
he boarding procedure has barely started at Chicago O' Hare, and Ben Schlappig has already taken over the first-class cabin.
Inside Cathay Pacific Flight 807 bound for Hong Kong, he's passing out a couple of hundred dollars' worth of designer chocolates to a small swarm of giggling flight attendants.