United Airlines Weighs In on 'Seat Infringement'

The carrier joins others in requiring passengers who don't fit in one seat to buy another, while Ryanair floats a 'fat tax' proposal

The cattle-car quality of air travel is getting even less comfortable for some plus-size passengers. United Airlines (UAUA) on Apr. 15 announced it will require passengers who do not fit within one seat to buy another when no alternative can be arranged. And Euro-discounter Ryanair (RYAAY) is advancing the idea of a fat tax, which suggests to many observers the company may price its tickets based on body mass.

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