Thursday, January 21, 2010
KLM says that in the past, there have been instances where it was unable to seat a passenger because they were too big for one seat, while a second was not available. The new policy reportedly guarantees that obese passengers will be able to actually reach their destination. However, Mieke van Spanje, the chair of the Obesitas Association, does not see it that way. She calls the policy “unethical” and “Hopefully a very early April Fools Day joke”. Ms Van Spanje says airlines should have two seats for obese people on every jetliner. “Because they are now making their problem our problem”.
The Dutch Socialist Party MP Emile Roemer supports her point of view: “Do midgets get a short-people discount when two can fit in one seat? Do pregnant women have to pay extra? No, of course not. It proves this is a clear case of discrimination”. His party has demanded the transport and public health ministers find out whether the new KLM policy violates European aviation regulations...
What do you think? I love to have 3 seats on my own! Once they put me in a 'middle seat' which means that I felt like a sardine...but I didn't file a law suit. Discrimination?...hmmmm