27 APRIL 2009


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Article from BTNews 27 APRIL 2009

United Airlines to bump fat passengers?

UNITED AIRLINES may require bumped large clients to purchase two seats on a subsequent flight, matching the policy of some other American carriers according to newspaper reports.  Under the new policy, obese passengers – defined as unable to lower the arm rest and buckle a seat belt with one extension belt – will be re-accommodated, at no extra charge, to two empty seats if there is space available.  If, however, the plane is full, the passenger will be refused boarding.  They can upgrade to the larger First or Business Class seats, if not already taken.  To guarantee travel the only way to fly is to purchase a second ticket, at the same price as the original fare, on the next flight.  This policy could open up a can of worms.  The Canadian Transportation Agency last year ordered three airlines to accommodate passengers "functionally disabled by obesity‚" at no extra charge.  Air Canada fought the decision but it was upheld by the Canadian Supreme Court. www.chicagotribune.com

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