Air France: Obese passengers must now pay for two seats

In response to an investigation into a crash landing in which Air France staff struggled to free a fat passenger from a seat while the jet burned, Air France has announced that obese passengers must pay for an extra seat.
  • Purchase of a second seat costs 75% more.
  • Extra fee applies only if the flight is full.
Two years ago Canada became the first country in which a court ruling stipulated that the country's airlines may not charge fat people a surcharge.   It costs more to carry heavier passengers, so I don't understand why an airline -- and less heavy passengers -- should be forced to pay the subsidy. 

Personally, I don't think there should be a single cut-off after which you pay twice.  Instead, a portion of the calculation of each passenger's fare might be based on the passenger's weight.   Ideally, a tax on junk food -- soft drinks, candy -- might compensate airlines for the cost of transporting fat passengers.  

The new policy appears to posted at the website of Air France under the heading "Passagers à forte corpulence"  (English translation via Google here).

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