Obese fliers offered extra seat
Published 21/01/2010 | 06:53
An airline has promised that hugely overweight passengers who buy a second seat will get a refund if the flight is not full.
Air France had already offered fat passengers the option of buying an adjoining seat at a discount.
It now says they will be fully reimbursed for the second fare in 90% of cases.
A company spokesman said the obese who do not reserve a second seat may not be allowed to board, at the captain's discretion and if there is not an unoccupied adjoining seat.
"It's a question of security," a company spokesman said.
Three years ago Air France was sued by a 25-stone passenger it made buy a second seat for a New Delhi-Paris flight. Air France was ordered to pay £8,000 damages and to reimburse the cost of the second seat.
Other airlines with similar policies on obese passengers include Southwest, JetBlue and American Airlines.