Oversized passengers banned

Thai Airways cites safety in banning oversized passengers from business class

Thai AirwaysThai Airways is getting flak after banning oversized passengers from flying business class aboard its newly acquired Dreamliner aircrafts, for safety reasons. (© CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

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Published Friday, March 23, 2018 7:14AM EDT 
Last Updated Friday, March 23, 2018 7:18AM EDT

Thai Airways is getting flak after banning oversized passengers from flying business class aboard its newly acquired Dreamliner aircrafts, for safety reasons.

The carrier’s intentions are well-meaning: Business class seats aboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners have been installed with seat belts that come with an airbag system that can deploy in an emergency.

But the mechanism means that seatbelt extensions which are normally offered to overweight and obese passengers, can’t be used, reported The Bangkok Post.

That means that flying business class is restricted to travellers with waistlines that don’t exceed 56 inches.

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