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It pays to be a slim triathlete as United Airlines will charge double for heavy passengers

Posted Apr 15 2009 11:02pm

Fat3x United Airlines continues to lead the way in coming up with additional ways to increase revenue.

The airline recently upped the fee to ship a bike one way to an industry leading $175 one way, and now the airline will charge double for plus sized passengers.

The new United Airline policy states that passenger who, "are 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" will be denied boarding unless they purchase an extra seat.

That' s right if a passenger now takes up two seats, they' ll be charged for both seats.

And if a second seat in unavailable on the flight, the passenger will be forced to take a latter flight.

"The seat purchase or upgrade must be completed for each leg of the itinerary," the United policy states. "If a customer meeting any of the above-listed criteria decides not to upgrade or purchase a ticket for an additional seat, he or she will not be permitted to board the flight."

According to cbs2chicago.com:

"The policy applies to tickets bought on or after March 4, for travel on Wednesday or later, according to the United Web site."

"Please understand that we care a great deal about all of our customers' well-being, and we have implemented this policy to help ensure that everyone' s travel experiences with United are comfortable and pleasant," United said on its Web site.

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