Air France and Fat Passengers – Clarification

There have been recent erroneous reports in the British tabloid media stating that that French flag carrier, Air France, will force overweight flyers to pay for two seats, or they will be prevented from boarding for ‘safety reasons’.

Air France has officially denied the accusation, stating on their website that ‘Air France has no intention of making heavier passengers pay for a second seat’.  In fact, since 2005, Air France has had a polcy of offering heavier passengers the possibility of purchasing a second seat at a 25% discount, to enhance their own comfort and safety.

The only recent change to Air France’s policy on overweight passengers is to refund passengers the cost of the second seat, if the cabin is not fully booked.