Disabled, obese allowed free extra plane seat
Top court refuses airlines’ appeal of ‘one-person, one-fare’ ruling
Janice Tibbetts, Canwest News Service
Published: Thursday, November 20, 2008
Canada’s two largest airlines must give disabled and morbidly obese passengers an extra free seat on domestic flights, beginning in January, after the Supreme Court refused yesterday to consider the carriers’ appeal of a federal order.
The Supreme Court, by convention, gave no reason for declining to intervene in the case.
The decision ended a six-year battle by disabled travellers to secure two seats for the price of one if they need inflight attendants. Obese people can also qualify if they are too large to fit in a single seat.