Obese? Court Backs Two Seats for One Fare

Those 'functionally disabled by obesity' get fare break in Canada
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2008 3:36 AM CST
Canada's courts have ruled that obese airline passengers who need two seats should be given the second for free.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – Obese air travelers in Canada who need two seats must be given the extra seat for free, Reuters reports. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Air Canada and two other airlines after they failed to win a lower court appeal on the fare issue. That means the country’s “one person, one fare” policy for disabled people—including those who are “functionally disabled by obesity”—will stand.