Design vs. "Fat Tax"
"Canadian company Bombardier's CS100 aircraft features middle seats that are 19 inches (48.26 centimetres) wide – making them broader than both the Boeing 737 seats (17.3 inches/43.94 centimetres) and Airbus A319 (18 inches/45.72 centimetres). Window and aisle seats will measure 18.5 inches (47 centimetres)."
"We went to airlines and asked them what the appropriate sizes were. They said 18-19 inches because it gives people more room in the seat. Airlines were looking to have an option with more comfort."
"The larger seats cater to contemporary passengers, who on average are both taller and heavier than those of previous decades. They may also alleviate the extreme discomfort and embarrassment reported by some overweight fliers."
This is certainly good news as "airline obesity policies" are verly likely to make people feel embarrassed. Some airlines have announced to weigh passengers before boarding, in one case, an airline was sued by a passenger because he had to sit next to an overweight passenger... We all benefit from larger seats.
"Airline obesity policies differ in degree and detail, but decree essentially that if you don't fit in a seat with an extension seatbelt and the armrest down, you will be charged for two seats or removed from the plane.
Most airlines recommend that if you think you will be too large for your seat, you should purchase a second seat at the time you make your original booking (or, of course, buy a ticket in first or business class). Some airlines will offer a discount on the second seat or refund the cost if the plane isn't full, but in many cases obese passengers simply have to pay twice the price as other fliers."
::: What it's like to be that fat person sitting next to you on the plane READ
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