A Bunch of United Boeing 777 Tails at London Heathrow Airport.

A Bunch of United Boeing 777 Tails at London Heathrow Airport.

For those that have trouble fitting into a standard passenger seat, they will have to prepare to pay double on United Airlines.  They have pretty black and white criteria for those to meet this requirement:

– Unable to fit into a single seat in the ticketed cabin

– Unable to properly buckle the seatbelt using a single seatbelt extender

– Unable to put the seat’s armrests down when seated

A passenger falling under any of these criteria will be relocated or be forced to upgrade to first class or be booted to the next flight.

Of course this is humiliating to those who are in this bracket and no one of course wants that, but it seems to be the only fair solution instead of having to be a full paying passenger and only having half a seat due to someone who is a bit larger next to you.

Ryanair is a little less Politically Correct about the matter and about 1/3 of 100,000 people that voted on their website for “cost-reduction ideas” wanted to impose a “fat tax” for those who can’t fit into a seat.

Source: Pacific Business News & News.com.au Image: matt.hintsa

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