The airline diet: Couple lose 12st after plane could not take off because they were too heavy
The plane was on the runway; the holidaymakers in good spirits.
And when the stewardess came down the aisle towards Jan Coupe and her husband, she thought the flight attendant was going to check their seatbelts.
Then came the moment Mrs Coupe wished the earth would open up and she could disappear.
For the stewardess had to tell the couple - who weighed 38st between them - that they were too heavy for the plane to take off.
As his wife cringed with embarrassment, 20st Alan Coupe moved to the front of the aircraft to help even out the weight.
While it was a scene they wouldn’t have wished on their worst enemies, some good has come of it.