Thai Airways bans fat passengers on their new Boeing Dreamliner 787-9
Obese passengers and parents with young children have been banned from flying business class on Thai Airways' new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The ban was explained on Friday by the airline's director of security and flight standard division, Flight Lieutenant Pratthana Pattanasirim, The Bangkok Post reported.
Thai Airways received two new 787-9 Dreamliners in September, which included brand new Zodiac Cirrus seats for their Royal Silk business class in a more spacious 1-2-1 configuration.
The seats convert to a fully flat bed and allow privacy and direct aisle access.
In accordance with the US Federal Aviation Administration, the seats have been installed with new airbag systems and safety belts, which cannot accommodate passengers with a girth wider than 56 inches (142.24 centimetres).
This also rules out parents flying with young children seated on their laps, who will now be forced to fly cattle class on the Bangkok to Auckland and Taipei routes the new Dreamliners operate.
The new Boeing 787-9 planes were introduced to bring the most technologically advanced aircraft to its fleet for passenger comfort, and to open up opportunities to fly new long distance, non-stop routes to destinations such as North America.
This is in addition to their existing fleet of Boeing 787-8s (slightly smaller than the 787-9s) and Airbus A350s (a direct competitor to Boeing's Dreamliner) – which operate on flight routes to Europe, Melbourne and Singapore.