11/24/2008

Canada: Obese air travellers get free extra seat

Why should non-obese passengers have to subsidize obese ones? Lower prices for obese passengers mean that other passengers have to make up for the difference. The Canadian Supreme Court thinks that this is a good idea. I like to have two seats rather than one (I may not be obese, but I do work on planes and it is so much better to be able to spread out my work). As with many court cases, this simply means that there will be more court cases to figure out all the ambiguities in this decision: "What is morbidly obese? How are we going to be able to make that determination and implement that respectfully, and consistently and fairly?"

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Blogger LonĂ¡n said...

...so does this mean that I, with my long legs, would get upgrades to business class because my legs are too long to fit comfortably in coach?

11/25/2008 4:27 AM  
Blogger 1 said...

"The Canadian Supreme Court thinks that this is a good idea"...

Well of course this collection of parasites think its a good idea for an airline to steal from its shareholders so they can pander to fatties... Its NOT their money after all...

I've been an airline employee for thirty plus years and this has to be one of the most inane rip-offs of a company that I've seen since almost forever...

Airlines have to fill a fixed minimum numbers of seats on EVERY flight to break even on operations...

The wild fluctuations in the cost of aviation fuel (ususally jet a fuel - a varient of diesel) make filling seats with PAYING passengers even more important...

Now IF a flight isn't booked full to a destination it should be up to the airline to offer up as a courtesy two seats to a fattie...

What happens if the flight is booked full and the courts have mandated that a fattie gets two seats anyway?

The airline has to swallow the cost of losing potential customers in the future due to the fact that they had to displace an unhappy PAYING passenger in order to pander to a fattie per some asinine regulatory ruling...

11/25/2008 8:45 AM  

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