Thai Airways bans overweight passengers from business class in move to introduce seatbelts with airbags

Sean Morrison
Thai Airways has banned passengers with a 142cm waistline from business class: AFP/Getty Images

Overweight passengers on Thai Airways flights have been banned from travelling business class as the firm’s new seatbelts containing airbags will not fit around their waistlines.

The international carrier has said anyone with a waist size exceeding 142cm (56 inches) would not be able to sit in its aircraft’s seats that have been fitted with seatbelt airbags.

Parents will also be stopped from carrying children on their laps in the seats fitted with the new seatbelts, which are being installed to improve safety on the firm’s aircrafts.

Prathana Pattanasiri, vice president of Thai Airway’s safety, security and standard department, said that anyone with a waist larger than 142cm would not be allowed in the seats, the Bangkok Post reports.

The newspaper reported that the seatbelts cannot be extended because of the airbag mechanism.

The new feature, which the firm announced last week, is to be installed only in the business class cabins on the company’s 787 Dreamliner jets.