UPDATE: Squeaky wheel, meet grease: Tiger Airways has refunded Watson's $500 and given the singer an additional $2,000, says London's Daily Mail.
This spring, Austin honky-tonker and Pasadena native Dale Watson had some dates in Australia and made the mistake of booking a flight from Sydney to Melbourne on Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, not only did the airline charge Watson a $500 excess-baggage fee for a box of 120 CDs he valued at $3,000, it lost the CDs and has so far refused to compensate the singer.
Watson, who returns to Blanco's September 2, responded the best way he knew how: Writing a song called "Tiger Airways (and Their We-Don't-Care Ways)"; the video debuted on YouTube Wednesday. The best part is when he starts naming names on Tiger's public-relations staff, who were (as you might imagine) less than helpful. One of them allegedly told the singer over the phone that he was going to "rip up the cheque."
Watson may have had the last laugh, though - sort of. It won't help him get his CDs back, but Down Under's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has suspended Tiger's Australian operations until at least August 1. Here are a few more songs that might help ease weary travelers' frustrations a little. Or not.