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Small seats - big passengers

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I know this topic has likely been discussed many times, but I am finding it interesting that Uzbekistan Airways.apparently has begun implementation of their new policy to weigh passengers prior to boarding - for "safety" reasons. Samoa Airlines says they have been doing this for years.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/12/travel/airline-weighing-passengers/

There was talk of this on my local radio station earlier this morning, and it was mentioned that when purchasing a ticket, the passenger must state his or her weight. They will be weighed at the airport on the departure date to verify their stated weight. Passengers who are heavier than a certain weight will be required to purchase a more expensive fare. No one seemed sure if that meant the overweight passenger would be given an extra or larger seat.

I know this is for safety reasons, but gee, it sure would be nice if there were some sort of similar policy in place for those passengers who are just too large for standard economy seats. Having been uncomfortably forced to "share" my seat next to very heavy passengers on long-haul flights more than once, it just seems unfair that there isn't some sort of guideline.

Physical weight probably doesn't work - as taller passengers or people with higher muscle mass often are not as big as very fat people who do not have much muscle mass, yet they may weigh more. I wonder if the seat belt extender might be discontinued in favor of the purchase of an upgraded seat - or even two seats - for anyone who would be impacting the person stuck next to them? Seriously, if someone can't buckle a standard seat belt, maybe they need more room ...

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