Activists attack airline’s plans to double charge obese people

RIGHTS activists in the US have hit out at an airline for making obese people purchase two tickets when flying.

As of this week, overweight United Airlines passengers will have to stump up the cash for two adjacent seats if they are bumped off a plane for not fitting their allotted space.

Campaigners said the move was “blatant discrimination”, adding that the problem was that seats were too small, not that people were too big.

United Airlines operates about 3,000 domestic flights a day in the US.

Under its new policy, United’s staff will move passengers from their seats if they are unable to lower the arm rest and buckle a seatbelt with one additional extension cord.


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