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What about tall passengers?


Geoffrey Thomas touches below on the latest friction point in the long-running debate over whether to charge obese airline passengers for extra seats. But what about tall passengers?

Yes, in Canada (where, by law, airlines since 2008 have had to give severely overweight passengers two seats for the price of one), a skyscraping architect has spent the last year trying to make Air Canada sell him a "preferred" economy seat (mainly exit row seats with extra leg room) for the price of a regular economy seat with standard leg room.

In petitioning the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Edmonton man said his 6 ft. 7 in. height is a disability when it comes to flying. The agency rejected his claim. That's unfair and inconsistent with the agency's past ruling on obesity, the tall passenger explained in this account in The Toronto Star, because "you can, to some degree, control [obesity], whereas height, you don't have much you can do about it."

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