Explainer: What airline policies say about plus-size passengers on a flight

Explainer: What airline policies say about plus-size passengers on a flight

The news of Emirates Airline preventing plus-size woman from traveling on a flight in Ghana has generated a lot of controversy and question of discrimination.

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Precious Mensah aka PM, winner of 2019 Di Asa dance competition was denied boarding by Emirates Airline due to her size.

So YEN.com.gh wants to explore what airlines policy on plus-size passengers are.

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First of all, most airlines don’t have published policy on plus-size passengers.

Fact is, the policy exist and is in force but not readily available to passengers unless they enquire about it.

YEN.com.gh investigations show that international safety regulations on air carriage require for all airlines, plus-size passengers who obviously cannot fit comfortably in a single seat must buy an extra seat.

Also the international safety regulations states that all passengers on board sit with seatbelt around them both armrests down.

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Airlines are also required to provide passengers who are unable to buckle, a seatbelt extender.

For example Air France also gives 25% discount on extra seats purchased by plus-size passengers.

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Meanwhile, plus-size passengers around the world have argued that the airline policies on excess weight passengers are discriminatory.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah says some 170 suspects have been picked up in a joint security swoop near the Ghana-Togo borders.

The minister in a statement issued on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, said the operation dubbed Koudanlgou III arrested suspects who possessed illegal weapons, including locally-manufactured and foreign single/double-barrelled guns totaling 108 “without any valid document covering them”.

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