Airline bans fat passengers and infants from its new business class seats
Obese passengers and parents with infants have been banned from flying business class on Thai Airways' new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners "for safety reasons".
The Thai national carrier added the two Boeing Dreamliners to its fleet in September last year and the aircraft manufacturer has installed new airbags on seat belts for business class seats,The Bangkok Post reported.
This meant that passengers with a waistline of over 56 inches (142.24cms) could not fasten these new seatbelt airbags, which meet US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards, Flt Lt Prathana Pattanasirim,vice-president of THAI’s aviation safety, security and standards department told the newspaper.
Passengers in those seats also could not carry infants on their laps.
The airbags are designed to protect passengers in case of an accident. Routes flown by the new Dreamliners include Bangkok-Auckland and Bangkok-Taipei.