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article imageAir France Sets New Policy for Heavy Passengers

By Michael Bearak     Jan 23, 2010 in Travel
Air France has announced that it has decided to change their policy concerning overweight passengers who require two seats on a flight.
Air France has announced changes to their policy concerning heavy passengers. The airline announced on Wednesday that starting in February it will refund the purchase price of a second coach seat when the cabin is not fully booked.
The policy of Air France has been to allow overweight passengers to purchase a second seat at 25 percent the cost of a normal seat.
According to an Air France spokesman in most cases a solution can be found to accommodate people even if they dont book an additional seat.
The change is meant to give customers the assurance that they can have the room they need without paying for it.
While the airline reserves the right to deny a person who has a larger body mass if the flight is full and the passenger has not reserved a second seat. As a rule of thumb the airline has always just advised passengers to purchase adjacent seats if they feel their might be an issue.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires that passengers be able to sit belted and with both arm rests down to comply with their safety standards. The FAA does not regulate what the width of the seat must be.
Southwest Airlines already refunds the cost of an additional seat after the travel is completed as long as the flight doesn't oversell. The policy of Southwest clearly states that it applies to, "customers who are unable to lower both armrests and/or compromise any portion of adjacent seating."
Additional information can be found as [url=http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/01/21/air.france.heavy.[assengers/index.html?hpt=C2 t=_blank]CNN.com.
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