Air France has released a statement denying it is to make “corpulent” passengers pay for a second seat, following recent articles in both the French and UK media.
Reports on online versions of Le Monde and the Daily Mail state that overweight passengers who struggle to fit into their seat will be charged for a second one under a new rule.
However in a statement released today Air France says that it has “no intention of making corpulent passengers pay for a second seat”.
The carrier adds that since 2005 it “has been offering corpulent passengers the possibility of purchasing a second seat to ensure they travel in optimum comfort and safety”.
This second seats benefits from a 25 per cent discount, and from February 1 the airline will introduce a policy of refunding passengers who have paid for this extra seat, in circumstances where the economy cabin is not full.
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