British Airways passengers could face disruptions after cabin crew voted yesterday in favour of industrial action over pay and conditions.

Unite, the union representing BA cabin crew, said that 78.77 percent of the 11,691 ballot papers issued were returned. Of those 80.7 percent supported a strike.

The union's general secretary Len McCluskey told the BBC, "The ballot result was a clear indication of the deep sense of grievance that our members feel."

Unite and British Airways are still in talks and the airline says "some progress has been made".

Legally, the union must give a week's notice if it plans to take action, meaning strikes could begin as early as the first week of March, but Unite have pledged that there will be no action coinciding with the Easter period.

Support for the strike was lower than the ballot just before Christmas, which saw 92.4 percent of those voting backing a strike - but this was deemed illegal by the High Court.

Cabin crew grievances have intensified since November last year, when BA reduced the number of cabin crew on long haul flights from 15 to 14 and brought in a two-year pay freeze from 2010.