Flying salad dodgers must book a second seat, say Air France
Bloody hell, there has been an upset to turn the cosmos on its head; white is the new black, up is now down and Air French are the new spindly-mustache-stroking villains of the skies. Air French! Not the Sky Captain! Merde Sainte!
Yes, Air France-KLM has waded into the controversial territory Ryanair didn't quite have the stomach for - namely charging overweight people more for their seats. Or rather, two seats; fatties will will have to pay 75 per cent of the cost of a second seat on top of the full price for the first. If flights are not fully booked, however, then XL passengers will get a refund on the second seat.
The decision, which Air France states has been made for safety reasons, will ensure the two seats are available side-by-side so a safety belt can be secured to the second seat for passengers suffering grande rotundness. We'd question whether the arm rests will sit flush with the seats when fully raised and whether all seat belts will reach over two seats and a waist of above-average girth. There's also the small matter of how Air France will make this work in practise - will waist size become a required field in the online booking process?
The new measures will apply to passengers who book their tickets from 1st February for all flights from 1st April this year. 1st April? No, not it's not. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Sky Marshall's household this morning. At least he won't look like Captain Bastard if he introduces a similar policy now, but he's missed his opportunity to outrage the world. Bah!