Yesterday United Airlines announced that overweight passengers — those who who can’t fit in a single seat, can’t properly buckle the seat belt, or can’t bring the armrest all the way down when seated — would face new travel guidelines, some with an additional cost attached.
The airline could move such a passenger to two adjacent seats (when available). The passenger could sit there free of charge. But if two seats together aren’t available, the passenger would be required to purchase a second seat, or pay to upgrade their seat (or cancel for a full refund). Read the full story here in the Chicago Sun-Times.
No matter what your size, you don’t want to spend a long flight being uncomfortable. But is it fair to ask someone to pay fully twice the price of their ticket? If I were riding on a plane with an overweight passenger, I would try to switch my seat so they didn’t have to pay extra.
Do you think it’s fair to ask overweight passengers to pay for a second seat?