Saturday 21 April 2018

Weighing In: Survey reveals anger at overweight airline passengers

Weighing in

An overweight airline passenger. File photo: Getty
An overweight airline passenger. File photo: Getty

Neil Lancefield

Almost 40pc of travellers believe airlines should factor in passengers' weight when setting luggage allowances.

That's according to a survey commissioned by online travel firm eDreams, which found that two in five (39pc) UK travellers believe airlines should include passengers' own weight in luggage allowances for flights.

Some 18pc of respondents even admited to feeling "angry" that heavier people are entitled to an equal amount of baggage as themselves, according to the poll of 2,000 UK adults who have travelled by plane.

Women appear to be more concerned about not exceeding luggage limits than men, with 28pc of female respondents saying it is the most stressful element of a holiday, compared with just 16pc of men.

Kasia Jankowska of eDreams said: "It is clear that many travellers find packing to meet a specific weight restriction a huge cause of stress, which has in turn caused a substantial amount of resentment between passengers.

"No matter whether you take a regimented approach weeks before departure or throw your clothes in a suitcase minutes before you leave - packing for a trip is a big deal."

L'avvocato Giorgio Destro ha fatto causa ad Emirates per il suo ultimo viaggio in aereo, particolarmente scomodo.

Posted by La Zanzara - Radio 24 on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Last August, it was reported that an Italian passenger (above) was suing Emirates after having to "suffer" sitting next to an obese man for a nine-hour flight.

Read Independent.ie readers' comments on the story here.

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