Overweight People Should Pay More For Plane Tickets According To Poll


A poll has revealed the British think overweight people should fork out more money for their plane tickets and even sit in a ‘separate section’.

Quite worryingly, nearly 80 per cent of British people think overweight passengers should be allocated a seat in a separate area with bigger chairs on a flight.

And a staggering 91 per cent said they believed overweight passengers should be ‘charged a higher fee for those larger seats’, according to new research.


The survey, carried out by comparison site Jetcost.co.uk, questioned the opinions of 2,494 people and revealed some of the UK’s neighbouring countries shared the sentiment, writes The Telegraph.

According to the survey, 72 per cent of airline travellers in France, 61 per cent in Italy and 56 per cent in Spain agreed larger passengers should be made to pay more for their tickets.

Germany disagreed with 68 per cent of passengers saying sections containing larger seats ‘should not be offered on planes’.

The survey also revealed ‘more than half the British public’ said they’d experienced a flight made uncomfortable by other passengers, with around a 34 per cent said they’d not taken any action to address the situation. How very British.


This is the latest poll of its kind with previous surveys resulting in a similar outcome.

A spokesman for Jetcost.co.uk said:

Having a separate area on the plane isn’t about segregating plus-sized passengers, it’s about making sure the flight is comfortable for everyone, not just those fortunate enough to fit into the standard sized seats.

With wider aisles and seats, and more legroom in front, plus-sized passengers would be able to enjoy the flight far more, not having to worry about the person sat next to them, what they’re thinking and if they’re comfortable.


Steve Miller, a TV presenter and speaker on weight loss, said ‘slimmer fliers should not have to pay for heavier passengers’ – wow – and even said larger passengers should be made to purchase two seats on a flight which could ‘potentially motivate them to lose weight’. That’s shaming, isn’t it?

He told The Sun:

If you’re morbidly obese then it’s only fair that you pay more money – if someone else has been responsible and looked after their health, why should they subsidise someone else who weighs more.

Who sat where would depend on the height to weight ratio of the passenger – airlines should create a software package where this was calculated when booking tickets, with spot checks later at the airport.

Yes, it may put people off travelling but that’s a small price to pay. We have to introduce the stick as well as the carrot – so getting people to pay for two seats on an aeroplane is appropriate if they are too fat because there is something they can do about it.

Dr Sally Norton, an NHS consultant and weight loss expert spoke more sense saying people should ‘support’ others to lose weight instead of ‘creating segregation and making people feel ostracised’.

Having to side with Sally here.