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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 6430 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Thai Airways is now banning obese passengers and parents with kids on their laps from business class.

They say it is a space issue because the seat belts cannot accommodate a girth wider than 142 cms.

Isn't this just crazy though? Surely there should be *more* space in business class, not less? Larger seatbelts are presumably available in economy class. It seems to me the choice to restrict the seatbelt size in business class is just plain old discrimination.

I'd be pretty interested to know what others think of this.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

With a 55 - 56 inch waist this person might have some other issues too!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2746694/Forget-fancy-gadgets-health-apps-For-long-life-waistline-half-height.html

Reading more from the this article other airlines are concerned with weight and size. Some airlines also actually weighing passengers on particular routes.

  • * In the cheap seats I always hope that the obese person waddling down the aisle doesn't choose the seat next to me. I have had some wide body passengers even ask to leave the armrest up a bit. I guess since they need part of my seat they ought to pay for some of it too! (I am not a skinny guy but I manage to sit between the armrests with a little room to spare.)

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Mar-2018, at 02:43 by karazyal ]

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 692 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I know some big people and they pay for an extra seat between them so that the middle person does not get squished.

The only other case I know of is - if I fly on a pass (a non-rev passenger going on a Space Available basis) in First or Business class on American Airlines, I have to dress in a certain way (for women-stockings and heels, no track suits, no denim, no blue jeans and some other rules that I don't remember), and no children under 12.

4. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 514 posts) 17w 1 Star this if you like it!

According to the article it is the design of the chairs, that you cannot swap out the seatbelts because they have air bags? I really want an explanation on what an airplane seat air bag is

5. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 320 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I have encountered "big" people who did not care a thing that they constrained the stranger next to them to one half of his seat and a very uncomfortable journey. Hence I do have some understanding.

The noise of screaming kids also isn't what people pay the exorbitant business class prices for.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

" I really want an explanation on what an airplane seat air bag is.."

I hope you don't mean the "mature" lady sitting next to you who won't ever shut up!

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I have never used this type of seat before. My thinking it is like the air bag thingee in cars today. In a crash they blow out and soften the impact. (Or not!)

Safest place to sit at on a plane is behind the wings closer to the back. (Several short videos on same link.)
http://bgr.com/2016/01/22/safest-airplane-seats-crash/

7. Posted by woinparis (Inactive 145 posts) 17w 2 Star this if you like it!

People who cannot cope with their neighbour because they are big or fat or obese or whatever is politically acceptable and who don't like children should rent a private jet.

My philosophy is that once we start discriminating among people there is no stop until the gaschamber. Yes, I have had obese guys next to me, yes I have had children too...

What about the lady who smells of perfume, the guy who farts, the one who stinks, the one who etc... you get my idea. You want full privacy and your own egotistical confort, you travel alone.
If not you grow your social skills and endure sometimes bad lunck and disconfort.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6430 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I quite agree woinparis. Planes, for most of us, are really just another form of public transport.

Some people are allergic to perfume - imagine being stuck next to the perfumed person on a 14 hour flight

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1100 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting woinparis

once we start discriminating among people there is no stop until the gaschamber.

I'd say it's more controlling and extreme to tell people they have to pretend to like everyone and can't grumble to themselves about the antisocial behaviour they encounter.

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 6430 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure anyone's suggesting you have to pretend to like the person you're next to. It's more a question of whether it's ok to deny service to an entire group of humans. It's a very slippery slope.