Air France may give obese passengers a break


Air France is promising to reimburse obese passengers it asks to buy a second seat if the plane isn’t full. The company, which has long offered obese travelers the option of buying an adjoining seat at a discount, said that passengers would be fully reimbursed for the second fare in 90 percent of cases.

Obese passengers who don’t reserve a second seat may not be allowed to board, at the captain’s discretion, and if there is not an unoccupied adjoining seat. The policy will come into force starting in April.

Other airlines with similar policies on obese passengers include Southwest, JetBlue and American Airlines.