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Air France KLM has decided to suggest to overweight self-loading cargo that they pay for two seats to accommodate their bulk if it is "deemed too large to fit into just one seat of a 43-44cm width", as the Daily Mail puts it. The Mail says that obese passengers will be charged 75 per cent of the cost of the second seat, but …


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  1. Mike Bird 1

    Not An Obligation

    Maybe if the airlines provided seats that are realistic with legroom that someone taller than 5'6" can sit in without having their knees rammed up against the seat in front and a headrest that doesn't dig instead into my shoulders then this kind of thing wouldn't be suggested.

    I'm sick of airlines treating me like a one-size-fits-all component. I'm 6'3" have a 31" inner leg and I don't fit into their midget option seating plan.

    1. Dave Murray Silver badge


      I'm 6 foot with a 32" inside leg and I fit into airplane seats without too much bother.

      Odd that you're 3 inches taller yet your legs are shorter. You must have a freakishly tall torso! ;)

      (or maybe I just have long legs)

      1. Anonymous Coward

        I'm 5 10

        and have a 31" leg. that makes me a real freak I guess.

        1. Anonymous Coward

          I'm a midget - 59.5 inches

          and there isn't enough room in those seats for me either, at 135 pounds. Plus what goes on with security, I am not planning to fly in the near future.

        2. Anonymous Coward

          5'10" with 31" inside leg too!

          Me too! Must make us appear like that singer in Jaba's palace in Return of the Jedi, the beachball on sticks!

        3. Steve Evans


          I'm 6 foot and 33" inside leg, and I can handle a Fly n scare trip okay.

        4. Roby


          I am 5'10" and have 32 inch leg (and I wear 34 because I like some extra).

          The 6'3" gentleman must have freakishly small legs, or be of the generation that wears trousers that show most of your calves when you sit down. :)

      2. Joel 1

        they look short to me....

        I'm 5' 11" with 32" inside leg - guess your legs aren't so long as all that....

      3. Mike Bird 1

        typo ..

        for 31" inside leg read 33" inside leg.

        suffering from rage induced typo when I posted that.

  2. Red Bren

    For their own comfort?

    Unless Air France are fitting their planes with bench type seats, I can't imagine placing one buttock per seat is going to be very comfortable. This is for the comfort of other passengers who don't want rolls of lard spilling over from the seat next to them.

    Airlines should insist on seating all rotund passengers next to each other and let them sort out their comfort and personal space issues themselves.

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  3. Onionman

    About time

    While they are at it, why do I pay a bundle for overweight luggage when some fattard next to me might be carrying a few kilos less luggage but a third of a ton more lard in their underpants.

    They should start charging airfares on total weight carried. Give the fat f*****s an incentive to eat a few fewer pies.

    In case you think I'm bitter, it's thanks to a transatlantic flight ruined by a grossly obese whale wedged into the seat next to me.


    1. Dave Harris Silver badge


      Why do admittedly skinny fuckers like me get charged the earth for an extra kilo, while some lardarse gutbucket (h/t NTNOCN), who can barely restrain the equivalent weight of my entire luggage with his belt, fly on the same damn fare as me.

      Beer, because I need it to have a chance of sleeping if I'm sat next to one.

    2. Svantevid


      Try flying from Singapore to Zurich with a hambeast on the seat next to you.

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  5. Richard IV

    And in the spirit of Ryanair...

    A further charge will be applied if the fatty wants the extra armrest lowered ;)

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  6. lglethal Silver badge

    I expect a large number of rants against this...

    but anybody who has been forced to sit in a long haul flight next to someone who takes up half of your seat as well will defintiely not be amongst them...

    Now if only they would police the rules to stop people bringing on mountains of hand luggage and administer sleeping drugs to anybody under the age of 15* and flying would be considerably more enjoyable for everyone! =)

    * We can debate the exact age if we must but i suggest 15+/-3 seems a reasonable limit for annoying childish behaviour...

  7. Richard Jukes


    So I'd need to buy another ticket for an additional 6cm of arse space? Nah dont think so, I'll just squish the guy im sat next to, no window seat for me thanks!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You are so fucking lucky...

      ...that current air security laws stop me carrying a taser if you tried that with me.

      As it is I'll just wait til you're asleep and set the ham sandwiches on you. It worked for Mamma Cass....

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What about?

    What about refunding those people who have to sit next to the fat sweaty person, who is being kind enough to share some of their fat with you that is overflowing from their seat, if they are unwilling to take up the offer of a second seat?

  9. Code Monkey


    Does that include a second dinner?

  10. The Original Ash
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    By god...

    Common sense overriding political correctness!

    I never thought I'd see the day...

    1. Psmiffy

      You can dream

      but you will never see that day. I fear mankinf in general has left Common Sense behind somewhere.

  11. Dan 10

    Depends on the aircraft....

    On something with only 2 seats adjacent (i.e. between the window and the first aisle), buying 2 seats would be enough, but otherwise, a larger person actually causes problems for occupants on both sides of them, so that's 3.

    I'm not saying this is right or wrong or having a go at fat people, just stating a fact. No flames please!

    1. Velv

      Flawed logic

      With three adjacent seats, two of the seats only have an adjacent seat on one side, so it is only a problem for two adjacent people 33% of the time.

      Four adjacent seats has 50% problem.

      And having been on an Air France Dornier 328 recently, what happens if the only seats left are the singles?

  12. Chris Miller
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    Copied from Southwest Airlines

    See information for 'Customers of Size':

    An excellent idea if it means I don't have to spend my next flight squeezed into my seat by some exercise-dodging lardbucket.

  13. Edwin
    Dead Vulture

    Did we not do our research?

    There's some detail missing here that suggests this story is bogus.

    Such as is this "real" full price (e.g. 15x what any sane person would pay) or 75% of the purchased fare?

    In addition - if you show up at checkin (or boarding presumably) and they have a seat to sell you, then presumably the seats are available anyway.

    Finally - in addition to the spokesdroid denying the story, KLM's FAQ also denies that corpulent passengers buy a second seat.

    That having been said: I think airlines ought to come up with a solution for large pax. I hate it when my neighbour spills into my seat.

  14. Anonymous Coward

    Every airline

    Every airline should make this mandatory. Anyone who has had to suffer sitting next to one of these behemoths for a long haul flight will tell you that its not fair when you have their rolls of flab resting on your lap for the duration of the flight.

  15. Andrew Taylor

    At last

    Welcome news to any normal-sized person who has paid for a seat and had to share half of it with someone's excess lard.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A great idea

    After a long haul flight sitting next to a lard bucket who took up his seat as well as most of mine I am all for the fatter members of the public paying for the extra space they take up/stolen from other passengers.

  17. Stone Fox
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    too bloody right.

    Now if only we could get TFL to implent the same policy but make it mandatory for all London public transport...

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Every now and then, depending how bad my luck is, there's that one fat F....r getting on the Northern Line mornings and squeezing himself into these tiny seats, of course right next to me...


      They take double the space of others, so pay up!

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Why not compulsary?

    I mean seriously? If you don't fit in a seat, why the hell do you have the 'right' to sit on me for the duration of the trip? (Yet if I complain I'm an arse hole and offered nothing.)

  19. lansalot

    hang on...

    If I get stuck next to some Billy-Bunter, spilling out over his seat - do I get a rebate for only having access to 50% of my cushion ?

    Fair's fair ! ;-)

  20. Tom 15

    Fair enough

    Moral of the story, don't be obese

  21. npupp 1

    re: Not An Obligation

    Perhaps they'll suggest to tall people an upgrade to business/first class, for comfort, refundable if not full ;)

  22. Dave Murray Silver badge


    Should make em pay more for the extra fuel used. :D

  23. marvin p a

    Seatbacks upright and armrests down

    'Massive' FAIL. Airline seats aren't deisgned to join together to make one seat... unless these larger people don't mind an armrest up their jacksy upon take-off and landing or sticking into their blubbery backs during the flight it doesn't really make a whole lot of difference I would have thought! Just as well they all have a jolly sense of humour... according to the stereotype.

  24. David John Walsh

    Firstly I'm not self-loading.....

    look to my other posts as to why...

    anyhow - at least by this method they are shedding some extra pounds......

  25. Anonymous Coward
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    about time

    Having been forced to sit squeezed between the window and one over weight obese lard tub, too often to care to remember, I only wish they had put this into place a decade earlier.

    if someone weighs thrice as much as me, they should either pay more, or stop haraasing me if my carry on luggage is 1 kg over the limit

  26. Don S.
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    " If the plane is not full, they can get a refund"

    If the plane is full there is no second seat for them to buy?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Refund, or squashed neighbours

      You're right:

      1. Plane has at least 2 available seats: lardarse gets a refund.

      2. Plane full, i.e. has no spare seats, then lardarse doesn't get a refund, and passengers sat next to him/her get squashed and get nothing in compensation. Or will the airlines use lardarse's supplement to distribute equally amongst squashed neighbours?

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        1. If the flight is fully booked or over-subscribed, then they don't get a refund. They've paid for the extra seat so they still get it. By paying for an extra seat, they prevented another paying passenger from boarding.

        2. If the flight is not fully booked then they do get a refund because the extra seat that they have paid for would have been empty anyway.

        It's logical innit?

  27. Anonymous Coward


    Hmmmm can I have a rebate from the amazingly fat woman who sat next to me on a flight back from Austria once who was ooozing under the arm-rest and into my seat? I mean, she didn't even buy me dinner first!


    Let's be realistic. This isn't aimed at people carrying a few pounds they (or their partners) might wish they weren't. This is for the chronically obese people who genuinely don't fit into a normal aircraft seat. It's not just for them, it's for the people who have to sit next to them too.

    It costs more to fly them, I don't want to have to pick up that extra tab, so they should pay. And before someone tells me that "It's genetics" or "I'm big boned" it's not. There are a few hormonal issues that might do it, but in the very vast (oh the pun) number of cases it's simply due to too many pies. And if it's medical, then I'm sure the airline would be accomodating (the puns keep coming!)

    I'd probably better don my flame proof suit now...

    1. bluesxman


      Good point -- they'd better make sure they charge for fat kids too. That might actually encourage the parents to stop shoveling shite down their necks.

      Don't stop at planes though, a fat-tax in other areas (I'm thinking public transport and the medical care) might give the uber-uber-chunky section of the populace the financial incentive they need to put down the fork.

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I don't understand

    If they arrive at the check-in desk and are deemed to be too large, then it's too late to sell them an extra seat if the flight is full, and if the flight is not full then they won't be charged for the extra seat anyway, so why bother?

    Or is it really a frequent occurrence that the last seats are sold a few hours before departure?

    And if the passenger doesn't fit in a seat and refuses to buy a second seat, or can't because the flight is full, then how do they fly, while complying with safety regulations?

    1. lglethal Silver badge

      It does make sense

      Most flights are actually over sold but the airlines assume (rightly so) that a certain number of people are not going to turn up to the flight - there are big long algorithms that control this and the amount of overselling. Its standard practice.

      So when the fat person turns up they will have to buy a second seat (as part of the overselling) and should not everyone turn up and the flight isnt full then they get there money back... Its entirely probable that the airline wont know if there will be spare seats until check in is complete. Hence the refund AFTER the flight...

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  30. thejackle
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    Missed opportunity?

    I thought Ryan Air would have been first with a lard tax.

    How will this be judged, will each check-in desk have standardised container for fitting your arse into. "Sorry Madam - you hand luggage is fine but that ass is going to cost you extra!"

  31. DrXym Silver badge

    Don't refund them a penny

    A fat person costs more to fly. If they can't fit into a single seat then the airline should be perfectly entitled to charge them for two seats whether the aircraft is full or not.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Go by ship. Ballast is good.

    1. DrXym Silver badge

      Ballast only good in the hull

      The fatties would have to be stowed in the hull, otherwise the centre of gravity would rise increasing the chance of the ship toppling.

  33. Dean 5

    Fat bald man in leather

    I'd like to have complained to the big, fat, bald man in the leather biker jacket. He took up half of my seat AND smelled of sweat and beer.

    But I have the feeling that having a seat stuck up my jacksie and my head out of the window would have made the rest of the flight a bit uncomfortable.

  34. David 39

    Will the seats...

    be next to eac other? Its hard enough trying to get a seat next to the missus most of the time

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    Skinny People

    God made skinny people so fat people could have more room on the flight.

  36. Oliver Mayes

    Simple way to decide who pays extra

    You just have two doorways leading onto the plane, a narrow one and a double-door jobbie. If you can't fit through the narrow one without touching the sides then you pay the extra for the second seat and go through the other door.

  37. Anonymous Coward


    Skinny people who live on until senility and spend years in care sponging off the state make me sick. These healthy oxygen wasters should die earlier and save our valuable pensions, like the nice fat people.

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  39. Anonymous Coward

    Not everyone is fat!

    OK, what about us barrel chested freaks?

    I am 5'10", due to a lot of upper body sport when I was growing up my chest is 48", but my waist is only 36"!!

    I hate sitting down on trains as I have to lean to one side to avoid crushing those next to me. Window seat? Forget it, has to be aisle or I stand!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      NHS says 37 waist tops

      @Barrel chest, why you say "only" 36 inches? The NHS says 37 is max healthy waist circumference so you're pushing up close to that. Assuming you're a guy that is (it's 32 for women.)

  40. Anonymous Coward
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    Sounds good to me...

    The sooner they weigh the entire baggage, self loading and non, the better. I'm sick of getting fined for being a few kilo over on my luggage when the person standing behind me in the queue is at least twice my girth!

    As for sitting on the plane and loosing one limb (sometimes two) under someone else's fold, please, I'd rather not think about it!

    1. Neil Stansbury
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      @Sounds good to me

      I quite agree, the cost of the ticket should be based on your total flight weight, as that is what fuel has to be burnt to carry you. Why should my gran pay the same as a lard arse with diving gear (et al).

      1. Anonymous Coward


        "I quite agree, the cost of the ticket should be based on your total flight weight, as that is what fuel has to be burnt to carry you. "

        How about the cost of the fuel to lift the plane off the ground? What about the cost of the plane - and the maintenance and cost of the flight attendant and the drinks and the ....

        Just saying.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        burn off the additional lard as fuel?

        wouldn't a lardarse with diving gear also require extra weights to counteract the increased bouyancy of lard?

  41. lIsRT

    All we need... a new policy for check in staff - anyone that looks in danger of overflowing the armrests gets segregated to one particular row designated as the "lard ghetto".

    (any left over seats in this row could be allocated to the abusive / the smelly / the queue-jumping / etc...)

  42. Anonymous Coward
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    I would pay for the extra seat, just so i dont have any anoying twat next to me on a 10 hour flight....

    no matter what, anyone sitting next to you that is not family of a friend will be anoying on a long haul flight....

    back to the fatties... if they have to pay extra, the money should go to the person in the adjacent seat.....

  43. Lance 3

    A better idea

    I liked the idea of putting three of them in a row together and let them sort it out. Maybe what they should do, in many cases they don't need a full extra seat. So, put two in the row and each pays half for the extra seat. Since the airlines like surcharges, how about a fat surcharge?

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  45. theSensibleGeek

    Good and bad...

    First, in the interest of full disclosure, let me say I am not a small man. I do however carry my excess primarily on my front, not on my sides.

    The problem I have is my bloody shoulders. No matter how much weight I lose, my shoulders are not going to get any narrower, and it's not as if airplane seats are sized for Joe Average to begin with. So what do I do on an airplane? I cross my arms, or do whatever I can to roll my shoulders forward to decrease the total width of my torso. This usually results in an afternoon of discomfort for me, but they're my shoulders, and I shouldn't expect any one else to sacrifice their comfort on account of me.

    Having said that, part of me is all for a compulsory extra seat purchase. The realist in me, however, asks the question of where to draw the line. If someone is 1 cm over "the line" they are "as bad" as someone who would literally fill up both seats. I just foresee "the line" being made smaller and smaller as airlines figure out it's an easy way to generate a lot more revenue.

  46. someblokeontheinternettoldme
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    Damn someones been taping my conversations...

    Having had too suffer next to a lard arse flying home from amsterdam last friday I suggested this very thing (well actually I suggested that if your arse is wider than the seat you should get put in the baggage hold).

    Seriously on an hour and a half flight to Edinburgh my entire right side went numb as I was contorted into such a strange position.

    Still better to than the poor bastard I saw before Xmas on the same route when a rather large couple had booked themselves into the ailse and window seats, his kind offer to swap so they could sit together was turned down.

  47. Pete 2 Silver badge


    I can see this getting canned faster than a tin of baked beans after the first pregnant person gets "offered" this service

    1. James 139


      "person" ? last i checked only women got pregnant

      And no, that "pregnant man" was a woman, unless "he" has XY chromosomes, its female, legally permitted and actual gender arent always the same.

      Still, would make for some amusement.

  48. Andus McCoatover

    Godalmighty, happened to me from JFK to DFW...

    I was one of the last to board. Seat number..OK. Finding myself next to a 'tub of lard' I called the flight attendant over. She was (AA, natch) angry at being bothered by one of those strange things that pay the wages..Oh, 'Customers'.

    "Just (the 'fuc*king was implied) sit the (implied again) down".

    Finally I showed her the problem. Not only was the lard-tub - window seat - occupying both her and my seat, making it impossible to fasten my belt, let alone sit in my seat, she was enchroaching the fuck*ing aisle with some pink treetrunks someone might have mistaken for legs! She could have prevented the drinks trolley proceeding down the aisle. Far more worrying, natch.

    Flight attendant relented, when I suggested she (F/A) swap places - me in her 'jump-seat' , her in mine...(She could've sat on my lap, but I wasn't in the mood), I got a new seat. At the back, where the drinks trolley starts from. Then reversed when stopped by the treetrunks. There are small mercies...YESSSS!

    God-all-fuc*king-mighty, I've _never_ seen a fatter person. By her (rather pretty) face, I'd have guessed the lass at about 35-40. I'd have pity, but (AA gives out 'grab-bags' for lunch as you board on internal flights) I noticed she had grabbed three. Genetic? Pull the other one.

    One other thing - she would NOT have got out of the over-wing emergency exit in an emergency. Now, ain't that a better reason to restrict fatties? "Place your carry-on in here, so we can make sure it's regulation. Now please pass through this pervy all-body scanner. Ta muchly, now be so kind as to pop into the departure lounge through this emergency-exit-sized window. Thank you so much".

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  50. Anonymous Coward
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    I dont think they raise the armrest and sit one cheek-per-seat. Its more of a 'don't let your fatty-boom-batty behind smother the normal person' situation.

    Its so they can have some spill over and not kill the small child beside them.

    Good idea though. Being fat is not a disability, its a hilarious joke - in fact taking the piss out of a fat person is great - its like being racist but without the social stigma.

    1. Charles Manning

      re: Um...

      Except your below average Polynesian is way bigger than an above average European or Chinese person. Expect this to get labeled racist pretty quickly.

  51. Joe User

    It's long overdue

    Just don't put all of the fatties on the same side of the plane or you'll end up fly around in circles.

  52. Robert E A Harvey


    And is everyone else paying less now the seats are smaller?

    1. James 139


      Of course not, but in time you might get a free "seat horn" to wedge yourself in and out as required.

      I guess that ideal method is to charge passengers by the volume of space they consume.

      Short, thin people get a discount, and tall fat people pay a surcharge. Average sized, ie those that fit perfectly in the seat spaces, pay the normal price.

      Sorted, no discrimination at all!

  53. Brock Linahan

    Taxing the Diseased

    What about people who are overweight because of glandular conditions, or something like that? This could then become a surcharge for people who suffer from particular illnesses.

    1. Dino Saur

      Let people pay for their choices not their afflictions

      I love your vague argument "because of glandular conditions, or something like that". Perhaps you mean one of the many forms of Hypothyroidism.

      I don't think anybody should be forced to pay extra because they have an illness that's not self-inflicted, but the majority of overweight people (including me) are overweight because of their eating habits and insufficient exercise. That's a choice that people make, and I shouldn't have to pay for other people's choices, nor they have to pay for mine. Obesity is a nobody else's fault.

      Make 'em pay for inflicting their choices on others. Anyone with a medical condition should have the right to a waiver.

      But then again, in the States which is famous for the number of XXL sized people, you just need to pay a doctor to give you a diagnosis for whatever you want, so maybe it doesn't work in practice.

    2. Ned Fowden


      "What about people who are overweight because of glandular conditions,"

      those are extremely rare, few and far between.

      although i guess you could argue for those with big bones too (yes, they exist but are rare)

      most fat people use glandular conditions as an excuse when in fact it's simply not true ... most obese people are like that because they're lazy and over-eat.

      i've only met 1 person in my lifetime so far (33) that has a legitimate medical condition for being obese and it's not a glandular condition.

      so yeah, tax the diseased, if thats what you like to call lazy fat types :D

  54. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Wot about tall people?

    Not an overeating thing this - the poor bastard in front has to suffer my knees in his back unless I get on of those window seats with leg room and then the poor bastard next to me has to suffer me curled over him by the roof. I have to stand for most of the flight, cant piss in the toilets without limbo dancing.

    Pigs going to slaughter get more space than humans on a flight.

  55. Jeremy 2


    Cynic-Mode: On

    Surely if the customer is being ass-essed at the check in desk, they already have a pretty good idea whether the flight is full or not and can either waive the fee right there and then or obtain a hold for the fee on the customer's CC and only put it through if the flight does turn out to be full.

    I'm sure that won't happen, though, and they'll charge the oversized self-loading freight for a second seat regardless and then take 6-8 weeks to refund the amount (by cheque, no doubt), during which time, it's sat in the bank earning a little bit of interest. Multiply that little bit of interest by all the big butts who fly and you've got a nice little earner.

  56. SuperTim

    what about....

    getting a refund for having to sit next to a gaunt smoke smelling cheese eating surrender monkey? can i get my money back for sharing my personal space with garlic drenched cowards?

    1. Gareth.

      RE: what about....

      Only if that gaunt smoke smelling cheese eating surrender monkey is also entitled to get their money back for having had to share their personal space with Burberry-wearing, intellectually-challenged, Jeremy Kyle-watching, fish and chips eating twat (possibly like yourself...?).

      As I'm not English, would I be entitled to get twice my fare refunded if I had to sit in between an English person and a French person? Although given the choice I'd always prefer to sit next to the Frenchie than an English person.

      Every day when I wake up I thank the Lord I'm Welsh

  57. The Grump
    Paris Hilton

    OK, what about...

    solid dividers between seats, which would extend from the bottom side of each seat to the bottom of the armrest (almost universally accepted as the dividing line between seats) ?

    The customer's butt fat absolutely COULD NOT intrude into the next seat in the aisle (my divider could not do anything about arms and shoulders, however. I leave that to another inventor). Dividers could also be installed facing the aisle, so butt fat could not be simply extended into the aisle, blocking the all-important drink trolley.

    This way, if Mr or Ms Wideload don't fit, they don't ship - no more usurping other passenger's seat space. There is always first class - their seats are much wider. Even Rosanne Barr will fit into a first class seat. The BIG plus - if Mr or Ms Overweight does manage to cram themselves into a regular coach seat with dividers, they would be the ONLY uncomfortable passenger. That could be the wake up call they need to start losing weight - the big difference between pricing for coach and first class seats.

    Paris, because she can intrude into MY seat space anytime ( LOL ! I always end up beside a fat guy, two rows behind some screaming child and / or infant).

  58. Andy Bright

    Uh oh

    I like the idea of the lard ghetto.. it would be amusing just to see what happens if two two-seaters were forced to sit next to each other.. BUT.. all the weight in one area of the plane? I see nothing but bad things happening!!

    "I can't control the #$%^ing plane.. we're going down!!!!!"

  59. bexley

    here's an idea

    The seats are too small. I'm a fairly skinny bloke and i find the seats to be much to close together and as pointed out above, they do this to fit more people on so they can make more money.

    Sorry but that;s not a good enough reason to keep somone crammed into a small space for 14 hours!

    It's not healthy..

    Fat people are still people and there are plenty of them and always will be, just ignoring that when seeing how many seats you could possibly fit inside an aircraft is not a responsible thing to do. Oh and now look, fat people cant actually fit in the damn seats. I know,instead of acepting the design flaw let's just make them pay more.

    Good point on the emergency exit's, what happens if the overweight chap gets there first and blocks the door ?

    I too would prefer to be put to sleep and put in the hold, to relive the bordom if nothing else. Why is that not an option by the way?

    Would you like a sedative with your vile tasting lunch sir?

    I'm resorting to staying up all night before my flight to mexico next week- that way i plan to be exhausted when i board so that i will mercifully sleep through some of the flight.

    let me just add that sitting next to a fat guy is nothing compared with sitting in a 100% full747 full of North Indian's who can talk and talk and talk and talk for 9 hours without pausing to breath. And let's not forget the Mother of three spoilt little kids that scream through most of the flight while she does nothing to stop them.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: here's an idea

      Well I consider myself "a bit overweight" although it's more muscle than fat these days (thank-you exercise!) and I've never had an issue getting my bum into the seats, even when I weighed over 3 stone more than I do now. Although I have fairly broad shoulders and this presents me with the same issue, just higher up.

      I must admit that I'm stumped on this one as I can't decide which way to lean (not literally). If people can't actually fit into one seat then I guess maybe it's fair that they pay the extra, but then as others have said what about families with screaming kids ruining flights and other "plane" annoyances? Personally I'd like anyone with a screaming child on a flight to have to pay a portion of my ticket price to make up for the aggravation. After all, if I was in a cinema I'd walk out and demand a refund if it was bad enough.

      On one side of the coin it seems fair to charge people by weight when they fly, but then what about taller people who will naturally weigh more than short ones - even in good physical shape?

      You could argue that they should make the seats larger, but that means less seats on a plane and then EVERYONE has to pay a higher ticket price.

      To be honest, as long as I can still get into my seat, sitting next to a fat person in itself doesn't bother me......unless they smell. The smell of a sweaty fat person who doesn't wash properly between their "folds" is perhaps one of the least pleasant things to be stuck with.

  60. Anonymous Coward


    If the POLICE had to abolish minimum height requirements because it was deemed racist against the Chinese, then surely this is racist against blubbery Eskimos and they will be able to get compensation?

  61. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge
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    Passengers must not be armed

    If you're counting total width, a lot of healthy people aren't going to fit in those seats because of their shoulders.

  62. the Jim bloke Silver badge

    in favour of the idea

    as long as it isnt a leadup to providing narrower seats/cramming more cattle into the box.

    .. replace the 43/46 cm wide seats with say 30 cm wide ones .. and every passenger buys one or two as required.

  63. david 12

    This is a great deal!

    For comparison, indicative Qantas/Air France Sydney-to-Paris prices (one way) are

    1000 Economy

    5000 Business

    9000 First Class

    So for a 75% surcharge (2000), you get better than Business width, and less than Business cost.

    Actually, there is already a "wide class" on some airlines, where you get a Business class seat, but without the Business class drinks. The problem with that is you end up sitting next to other wide-shouldered blokes, for no net benefit.

    If they let ordinary business men in on this offer, they will eat all the "wide class" business. And probably cannibalize their own business class as well. So their problem is not going to be getting fat people to pay: it's going to be stopping the ordinary big blokes from pretending to be fat.

  64. Winkypop Silver badge

    I'm starting "Kilo-Airways"

    We will charge strictly by weight.

    You + Luggage x set $ rate per kilogram + extras like Business Class/Food, etc = Airfare

    Or should that be: Airfair?

    1. deadlockvictim Silver badge

      Heare, hear!!

      I've long thought that this is the only proper way to charge for airline tickets. Either a flat fee as with railways or pay per kilo. Makes it hard to pay online, though.

      Still, soon enough, Google will know how heavy you are, and will be, and that should make the airlines happy.

      On a final note, I'm surprised that struggling Irish entrepreneur/taxi-driver, M. O'Leary, hasn't yet taken the headlines by banning fatties on his planes. Tsk, tsk, leaving it to the French indeed, Mr. O'Leary. Are you losing your touch?

  65. Andus McCoatover

    Laughed - 88 Comments when I last looked(Ok, I just ruined it...)

    88 surely is bingo-speak for "Two fat ladies - wobbly, wobbly"? (OK, in Amateur radio, it's 'love and kisses'. Pervy lot, these ham-types)

    Cheers, de G4GKB/OH

  66. Steven Walker

    Full price

    So they pay "the full price excluding tax and surcharges". I hope that means that they get a second meal and doubles all round.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Nowadays that's usually a packet of imitiation peanuts, if you get anything. In a year or two it will be accepted practice that you have to pay for tapwater. Given that you have to pay a fortune for every damn thing else on the plane, I've often wondered how long being able to block the emergency exits was going to stay free.

  67. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Hoping to penalise foreigners?

    After all as everyone knows there are *no* fat people in France. it was spoil the lines of their tailoring.

    1. Gareth.


      This is just retaliation for the Yanks renaming French Fries to Freedom Fries after the Frenchies (quite rightly) suggested that Dubya was wrong to invade Iraq and wouldn't support his military actions.

      I don't think it'll be necessary to have passengers walk through thin doorways or weigh themselves as there's a much simpler, quicker and more effective method... they'll just get the check in staff to look for anyone with an American passport.

  68. Matt 130

    Oompah oompah, Stick it up your joompah

    25% off the cost of the seat for being a little large, eh? How long before someone tries to smuggle on an extra passenger on board under their clothing (midgets strapped to midriffs abound) and give their "belly" a seat for a healthy cash saving.

    I suggest that this is the true reason for the new Airport Perv Scanners. They are, in fact, cheeky cheapskake spotters.

  69. Velv


    Never mind charging for the extra seat, how long will it be before RyanAir split the fare further by levying a carriage charge for flying with them and a mandatory seating charge to sit down?

    If they can get away with charging a "check in" charge on all flights (web and walk-up), then they'll get away with splitting the fare.

  70. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart


    in other news.....

    Swineair announce the adoption of a new standard 8" wide seat on all their flights

  71. mulder

    why not ban them outright?

    if they don't fit the seats then they also do not evacuate in the required 90 sec so they pose a danger to the others.

    I think these people should be labled "passive terrorists" since that is what they do ; they are a danger.

  72. Anonymous Coward

    A solution

    Flying back home with sunburned arms that were peeling and a person of size was trying to take my space. I pointed out that most leprosy is no longer contagious and they don't send you to leper colonies anymore. I don't think the guy ever got so much exercise trying to keep his fat away from me.

    1. fred #257

      You owe me....

      ... a new keyboard.

      That is all.

  73. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    "person of size" Vs "passive terrorist"

    An interesting use of language.

  74. Anonymous Coward


    Nothing worse than some selfish skinny person with acres of space whining because some cramped fat bloke needs a bit more room to move in.

    1. mulder
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      invade your space

      So you are willing to open up your house to provide room?

      Why would you have to allouw others the use of the room you payed for?

      They don't fit so they are not save.

      Flying is not a RIGHT its a privilege.

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