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Should Overweight Passengers Buy Two Seats?

Should Airlines Force Overweight People to Buy Two Seats?

On a recent Southwest flight, Kevin Smith was told by airline employees that he get off the plane because he was a "safety risk." Even though Mr. Smith showed the employees that he was seated comfortably between two women who also agreed they were fine, he was escorted off the plane. The filmmaker took it to Twitter to rant about Southwest's policy on overweight passengers.

He tweeted, "... I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?). I was wrongly ejected from the flight..." Southwest quickly responded with, "@ThatKevinSmith hey Kevin! I'm so sorry for your experience tonight! Hopefully we can make things right..."

Southwest also said that they instituted their "Customer of Size" policy years ago, that "requires passengers that can not fit safely and comfortably in one seat to purchase an additional seat while traveling."

What do you think? Should overweight people be forced to buy two tickets?

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