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Extremely Obese Get Two Airline Seats for Price of One

This news is sure to raise the ire of a few Canadian citizens. Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that obese people have the right to two seats for the price of one on flights that stay within the borders of Canada.

With airlines already feeling the financial crunch from skyrocketing fuel costs, this may add to the burden.

No word on how the law will decide what constitutes obese enough to get the extra seat. The airlines appealed the measure, but the courts struck down their pleas.

Here’s what I found on the specifics to what is referred to as the One-Person-One-Fare Policy. You qualify, if you:

  • are accompanied by an attendant for your personal care or safety in flight; or
  • require additional seating for yourself, including those determined to be functionally disabled by obesity.

So, we ask you the reader… is this legislation a fair measure? Or are people getting undue favored treatment. We open the floor to you.

December 5th, 2008

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fat over took more than half of my seat making it impossible for me to sit. the attendant placed am un escorted teen in the seat and she had to spend the whole flight with her legs in the aisle when I stood up for her they threated to remove me from the plane. not fair to her.

posted Jan 21st, 2012 3:28 pm


Because of the cost of fuel, space flight will be on per kilogram basis.

I'm sure that the fare will be base on a facility charge to cover the overhead of running the spaceline and a per kilogram charge for the passenger and their luggage for the cost of the flight.

I'm surprised that the airlines haven't at least tried this pricing structure.

posted Jan 13th, 2012 3:24 pm


Obese people should be paying a LOT more for their health insurance as well. I work hard to stay fit, and resent my premiums being rated to take care of obese peoples lack of discipline and self respect.

posted Jan 10th, 2012 6:35 pm


you can't pick people who get two seats it's not fair. If they get two seats then I should get another seat too for my stuff or whatever. They're penalizing you for being fit.

posted Aug 29th, 2011 2:47 am

Crystle Fire

It's allmost the same problem as a smoker having the right to smoke but the people around him have the right not to breath in the smoke. A fat person has a right to a seat BUT the average person has the right to their full seat and not have the obese person fill up half their seat. I have sat next to very fat people and their arms and middle and legs took up half my space and I was scrunched in the middle. That was not fair to me!!!!!

posted Jun 30th, 2011 11:15 am


The question is bias against fat people. Is it fair? I say it is compassionate. Is it special treatment? It is a logical solution for fat people who do not what to impose their size on others and keeps hostile skinny people from having to share their space.

Personally I don't like crying or back of seat kicking children and men who fall asleep and snore or sit with their legs wide open, pushing against yours for their own comfort or smokers who continue to breath out smoke from their lungs long after take-off. I'm a fat woman who would like to have children, boorish men and all smokers put on separate planes just for them.

posted Jun 17th, 2011 4:16 pm


Obesity, being a voluntary "eating disorder" or "disease" acquired by a greedy gut, did not seem to pose a problem for those in custody at Nazi concentration camps during WW2. If one does not meet minimum standards for buying a product or service (commercial flying), then get to those minimum standards or, if traveling is a necessity, find a mode of transportation which will accommodate the desire to be self-centered (to the discomfiture of others). In the meantime, blame only yourself for your overeating propensity.

posted Jun 5th, 2011 12:50 pm


Some people are overweight due to medical conditions, such as thyroid dysfunction or an eating disorder such as compulsive overeating. You can't tell a person with depression that they must buy extra seats because their sobbing would bother the person next to them too much!

I think over a specific weight there does need to be an extra charge, and this is something the over weight person needs to learn to deal with.. but in the same regard, this needs to be handled in a very understanding way. These people are ill and need our compassion.

posted Jun 2nd, 2011 11:30 am


What about the rights of people who have to sit next to someone spilling over into the seat they paid for, in full? If I pay for a seat, I expect that to include the space above the seat cushion. If I have to share my seat, I should get a discount!

posted Jun 2nd, 2011 10:15 am


I have always thought that the airlines should actually charge one rate for someone and his luggage that total 200 pounds a base rate. And any additional pounds over that at a rate of five dollars a pound. That would be for the domestic flights, for international, they could charge ten dollars a pound for the overage....

posted Jun 1st, 2011 2:38 am


If they spill over into the next seat, they should pay for that. Better yet.....look at it this way...from an aerodynamic stand point, its all about weight. It simply costs the airline more to fly more weight. Pay by the mass you are bringing.....baggage and all. but again....if they spill into the other guys seat, therby making for a less than optimal experience for the guy being innundated with a wall of person protruding into their space....the person whose mass is spilling over should pay more.

posted May 29th, 2011 1:22 am

S Sumner

I think people who spill over into the passenger's seat next to them should buy and pay for TWO seats, otherwise don't fly!!!

posted May 27th, 2011 4:13 pm


Why should the airline suffer financially? These people are being rewarded for their obesity. They get the free cart ride through the airport! Why don't they just eat while they are riding while the rest of us run from terminal to terminal or concourse to concourse. I travel 3 weeks a month and see it every day. Disgusting.

posted May 20th, 2011 4:53 pm


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2 Responses to “Extremely Obese Get Two Airline Seats for Price of One”

Dec 5th, 2008
2:25 pm


Dec 5th, 2008
4:57 pm

They should only pay for one seat.Its their life and they can do as they please.If they want to kill themselves with food, then let them.