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Canadian Court Gives Fat and Disabled Flyers Room

Laurie says:

Deb and I just blogged and it’s getting late, but this is great news that I just heard, and I wanted to share it.

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a regulatory ruling requiring the country’s airlines to provide an extra seat — at no charge — to obese passengers and those with certain disabilities. Failing to do so, the court said, is discriminatory.

The landmark ruling requires the nation’s carriers to adopt the Canadian Transportation Agency’s “one person, one fare” guideline that grants an additional seat to the obese and to those with disabilities requiring a personal attendant or wheelchair. Although the ruling applies only to domestic flights, it could pave the way toward similar policies in other countries that have grappled with the issue.

It should only happen here!

Thanks to Lynn Kendall for the news.