Obese Airline Passengers

TitleObese Airline Passengers
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2009
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIrish Airlines Ryanair recently raised media attention by suggesting it may implement a surcharge for passengers above a certain weight limit or waist circumference. Most airlines have policies for seating obese passengers, however these policies are not well publicized. This can result in obese passengers being hit with extra costs if, like in some instances, they are required to purchase an extra seat. Taller passengers also meet with problems of inadequate space on planes, yet they do not encounter policies requiring them to arrange appropriate for themselves. Still, "normal sized" passengers also have claims to safety and comfort, just as obese passengers do.
NotesCase Study from the 2009 Regional Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2009 http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
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