New Airline Policy Affects "Seatmates of Size"

By Alyssa Marcus,
United Airlines starts new policy today for larger passengers.

United Airlines announced today that they have implemented a new policy for "seatmates of size" for "the comfort and well-being of all customers aboard United flights," according to MSNBC.

The airline's policy, which is posted on their Web site, says that anyone who is "unable to fit into a single seat in the ticketed cabin; are unable to properly buckle the seatbelt using a single seatbelt extender; and/or are unable to put the seat's armrests down when seated" must upgrade to a cabin with larger seats, purchase an extra seat, or not board the flight at all.

MSNBC has a poll up on NewsVine.com asking, "Do you think plus-sized passengers should be required to pay for two seats?" Eighty-five percent of the voters said yes.

But spokesperson Robin Urbanski Janikowski wrote in an email, "If there is another seat on the airplane that is next to an empty seat, we will re-accommodate our guest in that seat, and there is no charge."

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