Samoa Air is introducing seats for overweight fliers
Samoa Air, already (in)famous for being the first airline to charge customers according to their weight, now says it is creating a row of seats for passengers who weigh more than 286lb (130kg).
The seats will be extended by about 12 to 14 inches (30-25cm) and will also include special ramps to help passengers reach their seats.
The Pacific Island carrier’s chief executive Chris Langton told Australian state broadcaster ABC that access was often tricky for bigger customers.
“We don’t have a large fleet of aeroplanes, but we wanted to do something that recognises that we are thinking about this.”
But other airlines will eventually have to do something similar, he predicted. “That’s where the XL has come in. We do it with shirts and clothing and other things where we have different standard sizes. The airline industry is going to have to do that.”
Samoa has one of the world’s highest rates of obesity, according to the World Health Organisation.
[photo courtesy Samoa Air]