United announced yesterday that it would join several other major carriers in forcing obese passengers who were bumped from their flight to purchase two tickets on the new flight to which they have been re-booked (JetBlue, Delta and Southwest are the others).
Obese is defined as not being able to buckle your seatbelt with one extension while putting down the armrest fully. United says that they received 700 complaints last year from passengers who said that obese passengers were (and I’m paraphrasing here) all up in their stuff.
If empty seats are available on the re-booked flight, United will not force the obese to purchase two tickets.
On a positive note, with the double elite miles promotions going on right now, an elite passenger bumped from a Boston – Seattle roundtrip on AA through Dallas will actually earn elite status from just that one roundtrip (assuming they had to buy two tickets). Hm…I better go back to the buffet.