Charges Would Apply To Those Unable To Fit Into A Single
Obese passengers who are unable to fit into a single standard
airline seat will be charged nearly double the normal fare on full
Air France KLM flights, the airlines announce Tuesday.
The international news service AFP reports that those passengers
will be required to pay an additional 75% tacked on to the original
ticket price to assure there are two seats available next to each
other, according to spokeswoman Monique Matze. She said the
decision was taken 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 safety belt," said Matze.
Passengers who cannot fit into a single seat have to stretch the
seat belts over two adjacent seats. The calculation for the
surcharge does not include taxes and airport fees, and passengers
would receive a refund if the flight is not booked to capacity.
An average plane seat is about 17 inches wide. The new fee
structure goes into effect February 1st for travel beginning April