Man kicked off plane for being 'too fat'

2013-04-26 14:22

Chicago - A man claims he was asked to disembark a Southwest Airlines aircraft for being overweight.

The Telegraph reports that Matthew Harper, who weighs about 154 kg, was asked to step off the flight from Chicago to Denver after being told it was overbooked.

A cabin crew member allegedly asked whether he was aware of the company's ‘customer of size' policy, which encourages passengers who "encroach upon any part of the neighbouring seats" to purchase a second seat prior to travel. 

Harper told the official he was aware of the policy, but pointed out there was still an empty seat remaining between his brother and himself. He was eventually allowed to board the plane again following further discussion.

The Texas resident, who was addressed publicly in front of other passengers, said he had "never been humiliated like this in my life," and that he "felt like a criminal" when asked to leave the flight, according to Denver-based local TV station KDVR.

A spokesman for Southwest Airlines has said the company plans to examine the incident.
Harper argues he was frustrated for being singled out.

Earlier this month, Samoa Air, the Pacific national airline, became theworld's first airline to charge passengers by their weight, asking passengers to pay a fixed price per kilogram, which varies according to the length of the route.

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