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United Airlines To Charge Obese Passengers Extra (WHAT DO YOU THINK: POLL)

05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

United Airlines is cracking down on the wallets of overweight passengers.

The airline says passengers who are too large to fit into a single seat, buckle the seatbelt, or unable to put down the armrests, will be forced to buy a second ticket or upgrade to a premium class, where the seats are larger. If a flight is full and an obese passenger is unable to buy another seat, they will be bumped from the flight.

A United spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune the airline decided to implement the policy after getting "more than 700 complaints last year from passengers 'who did not have a comfortable flight because the person next to them infringed on their seat,' said United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski."

WBBM Newsradio reported that United employees at O'Hare Airport have been told to "be extra vigilant beginning Wednesday for passengers they deem to be overweight."

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