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Plus-size travelers say ‘discriminatory’ airline seat policies are a matter of human rights

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Plus-size influencer is stepping up efforts to demand airlines drop ‘discriminatory’ policies and offer free extra seats to overweight passengers, as expert says issue is a human rights issue male.

Jaelynn Chaney made headlines when she asked the FAA to offer “an extra free seat, or even two or three seats depending on their size” to obese travelers.

In a new interview with CNN TravelChaney – who is a size 6XL – argued that airline policies are “discriminatory” and that it is unfair that they have to pay more than thinner people.

“People with smaller bodies have to pay a fare to get to their destination,” Chaney said. “And we have to pay two tariffs, even if we get the same experience. On the contrary, our experiments are a little more difficult.

Air Passenger Rights founder Gabor Lukacs told CNN he agrees and that it is a human rights issue for those overweight passengers.

“So through that human rights lens, I see no justification for charging these people double the price,” Lukacs said.

Travel and lifestyle designer Jaelynn Chaney calls on FAA to ‘protect’ plus-size travelers and make it more ‘comfortable and accessible for everyone’

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“People with smaller bodies have to pay a fare to get to their destination,” Chaney (pictured) said in an interview with CNN. “And we have to pay two tariffs, even if we get the same experience. On the contrary, our experiments are a little more difficult ‘

Lukacs said he believed the issue had bigger implications because “being a tall person is not a choice, as many mistakenly believe,” he said.

The passenger rights advocate said he believed there was “a lot of negative attention and prejudice against tall people”, which had an impact on the issue.

“But it’s not like someone gets up in the morning and decides they’re going to be a great person,” Lukacs told CNN.

Air Passenger Rights founder Gabor Lukacs (pictured) told CNN Travel he agrees and it is a matter of human rights for these passengers of a certain weight.

Air Passenger Rights founder Gabor Lukacs (pictured) told CNN Travel he agrees and it is a matter of human rights for these passengers of a certain weight.

He added that using “immutable characteristics” to assess extra charges for passengers is a “slippery slope” for airlines.

Chaney agreed and said she believed other overweight travelers were asking for nothing more than the same treatment as someone with a smaller body.

His Change.org petition suggests otherwise as it asks airlines to accommodate larger customers who might “intrude on another passenger’s space”.

The influencer said that at the “bare minimum,” the FAA should issue guidelines that help tall passengers navigate their travel plans.

“We need the policies to be a little more standardized,” Chaney said.

She also wants airlines to be forced to reimburse overweight passengers for any extra seats they are forced to buy when booking to accommodate their size.

She said her fiancé had been

She said her fiancé was “subjected to hateful comments, disapproving looks and even a refusal to sit next to them, which amounted to discrimination” on one of her flights, as she was forced to squeeze into a seat with no removable armrests, which resulted in bruising.

Chaney's Change.org petition demanding changes to benefit obese and overweight flyers has received 17,000 signatures as of June 13

Chaney’s Change.org petition demanding changes to benefit obese and overweight flyers has received 17,000 signatures as of June 13

Chaney said that as a plus-size influencer, the situation is extremely personal to her and is her motivation to work on the changes.

“As plus size travelers, my partner and I unfortunately experienced discrimination and discomfort while traveling,” she wrote in her post. petition.

In the interview with CNN, she said she has always dealt with the issue of being overweight on a plane and acknowledged that planes are not made for tall passengers.

“I kind of knew airplanes weren’t built for people like me when I was 12,” she said of her childhood.

“There are so many different things, obstacles, that stand in the way,” she said, referring to physical and emotional issues – including prejudice against overweight fliers.

“On a flight from Pasco to Denver, my fiancé was subjected to hateful comments, disapproving looks and even refusal to sit next to them, which amounts to discrimination.” she stated at the time.

“Similarly, on another flight, I was forced to occupy a single seat with non-removable armrests which caused me pain and bruising,” she wrote.

Chaney has extensively documented her in-flight struggles, from showing her and her boyfriend crammed tightly into seats to showing what some passengers told her, including asking if she had bought two seats.

In the interview with CNN, she said that she has always dealt with the issue of being overweight on a plane and acknowledged that planes are not made for tall passengers.

In the interview with CNN, she said that she has always dealt with the issue of being overweight on a plane and acknowledged that planes are not made for tall passengers.

In April, Chaney admitted that if she was successful, ticket prices for all customers would have to rise to cover her demands.

She also said that “government may have a role to play in funding or incentivizing these policies, as part of its responsibility to promote accessible and equitable transport for all citizens.”

“At the end of the day, the question of who will pay for these policies shouldn’t be a barrier to action,” she told Fox earlier this year.

“Implementing policies to accommodate plus-size passengers may have associated costs, but those costs must be weighed against the benefits of creating a more welcoming and inclusive travel experience,” she said.

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