While some other airlines have similar policies, United didn't, so it's nice to them, as they said, "align themselves" with other major airlines. The policy applies to tickets purchased on or after March 4, 2009, for travel on or after April 15, 2009.
Customers who fall into one or more of the below:
- are unable to fit into a single seat in the ticketed cabin;
- are unable to properly buckle the seatbelt using a single seatbelt extender;
- and/or are unable to put the seat’s armrests down when seated
The good thing for size-challenged people is that:
Checked baggage policies apply per seat, so any checked baggage allowances will be multiplied by the number of tickets purchased.This means they could bring some luggage with them filled with extra food!
Seriously though, anyone who's sat next to a super-sized passenger and finds themselves elbowed --- or stomached --- out of some of his personal space will surely approve of this.