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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

"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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