'Flying while Fat'... not a joke & won't be cheap!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I read this article on MSN.com today... losing weight is not just for your health anymore.
Ryanair caused a stir in February when it suggested making passengers pay to use the bathroom. Now the company is considering a policy that would make overweight passengers pay by the pound.
The Irish budget airline isn't the first to consider implementing a policy for "flying while fat," a phrase coined by the media. Earlier this month, United joined Southwest and other airlines by enforcing policies that require overweight passengers to purchase another seat — or forgo their flight.
The Association for Airline Passenger Rights has fired back, calling the policy discriminatory. It's not likely to be the last challenge. Consider that more than half of the American population is overweight or obese.
In the meantime, search has the skinny on the so-called fat tax:
How big is too big: Passengers who cannot fit in a single seat with the armrests down and/or cannot use the safety belt with a single extender.
Pay-per-pound: If Ryanair adopts its body-conscious model, passengers may have to pay for every pound they exceed a medically determined ideal weight.
Know your rights: Travel writer Harriet Baskas suggests keeping a copy of the airline's policy with you, to ensure all options are exhausted before you're forced to pay for another seat.
Bonus: Weight policies don't affect just passengers. Several Air India flight attendants were fired earlier this year for exceeding airline weight requirements.