Huffpost Chicago

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

Posted: Updated:
Print Article

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.

READ THE FULL UNITED POLICY

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."

Quick Poll

Should Overweight Passengers Have To Buy Two Seats?

Yes

No

Around the Web

United to Charge Obese Travelers for Second Seat on Full Planes - Bloomberg.com

United obese: United Airlines to make large, heavy fliers pay for two seats -- chicagotribune.com

WBBM 780 - Chicago's #1 source for local news, traffic and weather - United to charge heavier passengers twice to fly

United Airlines - Passengers requiring extra space

United: If You Can't Fit In One Seat You Need To Buy Two

United Airlines goes hunting for fat fees from its passengers - Shiny Objects

United gets tough on the obese - Globe-trotting - The Boston Globe