April 1, 2010
Posted: 1521 GMT
Obese passengers who require a second adjoining seat to fly will no longer be charged by Air France if the flight is not full, the airline announced today.
Since 2005, the airline has charged larger customers for an extra seat (with a discount of 20-25%) if they cannot adequately fit in their designated space.
Similar policies have been adopted by other airlines but authorities in the U.S. and Europe are now planning on harmonising their plans.
The FAA has specific rules on obese people and requires that all passengers use FAA required restraint devices and that no aisle may be blocked by any passenger or bags in case of an emergency.
Currently nearly 73 million U.S. adults are classified as obese and the World Health Organization predicts that the global figure will be greater than 700 million by 2015.
We’d like to know what you think.
Should overweight passengers be forced to buy a second seat? Should the airlines give them a second seat for free? Have you ever been uncomfortable next to an overweight passenger?