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.

Read more on:    flights  |  travel international

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?

#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.