You know there’s no hope of getting any elbow time on the arm-rest when the person seated next to you requests a seatbelt-extender… But when they’re so fat that they’re denied access onto the plane, well, that’s news-worthy!

A French family was recently stranded in Chicago while en-route to New York, where their obese son would receive treatment for the hormone disorder that is to blame for his 225kg weight.

(It’s always a “hormone disorder” though isn’t it? Read these Top Fat Truths.)

His mother was distraught, saying: “If they could bring him here with that problem in economy, there was a way to take him back by economy but just get him back home for his medical treatments to continue.”

The family spent a week in an airport hotel trying to resolve the matter and, running out of money, has decided their only option is to take a train to New York and cross the Atlantic on the Queen Mary cruise ship.

A British Airways spokesperson told AFP that its customer service team “worked diligently to find a solution”. “We will always try to accommodate someone if it’s possible and safe to do so,” Caroline Titmuss wrote in an email. “Unfortunately, it is not possible to safely accommodate the customer on any of our aircraft and the family has been offered a full refund.” The airline said it provided hotel accommodation for the family along with “guidance and support” to help explore other travel options.

What do you think, if healthy-sized people have to pay for extra luggage should fatties pay more for their excess kilos, or is this fat-shaming of the highest order? Let us know in the comment section below.

Via – IOL