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37st man forced to pay for two seats on plane from Ireland – finds they are rows apart

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A 37-STONE man was forced to pay for two seats on an airplane out of Ireland, only to discover that they were two rows apart.

Welsh man Les Price, 43, was told that he would have to pay for the extra space as it is the airline’s policy that anyone over 20 stone has to book the extra space.

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However, when he boarded the flight leaving Ireland he found his seats were two rows apart.

Mr Price had already been embarrassed on his flight out of Wales when he was allocated an aisle seat and a window seat, with another passenger in the middle.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “When I got to the airport I had to explain to all the staff why I had two tickets, they didn’t have a clue.

“When I finally got on the plane one was an aisle seat and the other was by the window – in a three-seat row.

“On the way back from Ireland one seat was in row 17 and the other in row 19.”

Mr Price, Brynithel near Newport, South Wales, is currently on a weight loss programme and will have his diet battle played out before a TV audience tonight on Wales’ Weight Clinic, part of BBC’s Live Longer Wales season.

Earlier this year Dr Bharat Bhatt suggested airlines should introduce “pay as you weigh” pricing for plane tickets.

Charging overweight fliers more would help carriers recoup the cost of the extra fuel required to carry them, he said.

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2 comments on “37st man forced to pay for two seats on plane from Ireland – finds they are rows apart”

  1. Mike Williams

    I've known Les for twenty years (I used to work with him and he came to my wedding-do). The plane story is more than ten years old (from 2002) and he was almost half the size at the time (20 stone). The original South Wales Argus report is still available here:

    http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/archive/2002/02/18/4618466.Rugby_fan_complains_of_flight_bum_deal/?ref=arc

    He's a nice guy but he has always been a greedy git when it comes to food. He also has a beautiful tenor voice.

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