4.16.2009

United Airlines’ overweight passengers may have to buy 2 tickets

·Seat belt, armrest problems could force travelers to rebook on next available flight.

http://www.suntimes.com/business/lazare/1529524,CST-NWS-united16.article
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United Airlines' so-called "friendly skies'' could become a lot less hospitable for overweight air travelers.

Chicago-based United on Wednesday instituted a new policy that could present some unwelcome and costly options to plus-size passengers.

United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the carrier received nearly 700 complaints about overweight passengers from among the 63 million passengers who flew United last year.

The new guidelines define an overweight passenger as anyone who can't fit in a single seat in his or her ticketed cabin or can't properly buckle the seat belt, or anyone who can't put the armrest fully down when seated.

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