AirTran Announces “Too Fat to Fly” Policy
AirTran announced recently they will enact a “Too Fat to Fly” policy, similar to a policy at their parent company Southwest Airlines, in which obese passengers will be forced to buy two airline seats.
The policy will be enforced beginning in March 2012. Any passenger who cannot fit in one seat with the armrest lowered will be required to purchase another seat.
Southwest Airlines has been criticized in the past for booting obese customers off flights. Peggy Howell, spokeswoman for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution “she’s sorry to hear that (Southwest Airlines) is now going to be passing on their bad policy to another airline. We are paying customers.”