Air France has solved a problem many airline travelers have had for years – people sitting down in their seats, all comfy, only to begin fervent prayer that some behemoth isn’t going to sit down next to them and encroach upon their precious little extra space in their seat. Ultimately, it seems fair. I pay for MY seat, and you pay for yours. If you don’t fit in just one seat, why should you be entitled to my seat too? I’m sure they’re going to take flak from organizations designed to ‘protect’ the oversized, and from the rare exception of a person that actually cannot lose weight due to a health condition, but I believe a large majority of the general populace will be pleased that their seat is theirs alone for the duration of the flight. It isn’t as though the airlines are offering each person a couch – the seats seem to shrink every time you fly, and now every airline charges for the few premium seats with a decent amount of breathing room and legroom.
To be fair, the charge will only apply if there are no free seats on the plane that he can use. I’m also not entirely sure how the requirement would kick in. “People who arrive at the check-in desk and are deemed too large to fit into a single seat will be asked to pay for and use a second seat,” said Monique Matze, an Air France spokesman. Who is doing the deeming? Based on what? Should they have an actual seat by the check-in counter and have everyone sit in it? How much leeway is offered? I think it’d be VERY tricky to execute. “They will be charged 75 per cent of the cost of the second seat, which is the full price excluding tax and surcharges, on top of the full price for the first.” She added: “People who cannot fit into a single seat will then be fastened by slotting the belt tip of one seat into the plug of the next, stretching over both seats.” Sounds kinda embarrassing. I guess it’s a tricky balance between fair and embarrassing. Hmm.
Here‘s the story of the picture from above – it’s a REAL photo.