Air France To Begin Charging Two Seats To Obese Passengers
January 22, 2010
The measure will come into effect in February for all domestic and international flights.
If a passenger does not purchase a second seat on their own at the time of purchasing the tickets, they may be asked at the security check to make the purchase then.
“People who arrive at the check-in desk and are deemed too large to fit into a single seat will be asked to pay for and use a second seat,” spokesman for the airline, Monique Matze, explained.
“They will be charged 75 per cent of the cost of the second seat, which is the full price excluding tax and surcharges, on top of the full price for the first.
“The decision has been made for safety reasons. We have to make sure that the backrest can move freely up and down and that all passengers are securely fastened with a seatbelt.
“People who cannot fit into a single seat will then be fastened by slotting the belt tip of one seat into the plug of the next, stretching over both seats.
“However the charge will only apply on flights that are full booked. They will get their money back on flights where spaces are available.”