Thai Airways may have PR problem on its hand when it comes to its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that cannot handle overweight people and lap children in business class after seat belt fix.
Thai media was reporting on Friday that Thai Airways’ Corporate Image and Social Responsibility Division made this announcement. If you waistline exceeds 56 inches or you have lap child, you have to fly in economy even if you paid for business.
Here’s an excerpt from Thai PBS (access their piece here):
Flight Lieutenant Pratana Patanasiri, THAI Vice President, Aviation Safety, Security & Standards Department, clarified in the announcement today (March 16) that THAI has taken delivery of two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts to its service fleet since September last year.
He said that the aircraft manufacturer has fixed airbag in seat belt on Business Class seats. With this latest version of seatbelt, passengers with over 56 inches waist could not fasten the belt safely.
Therefore it is necessary for the company to abide by the safety standard rule strictly by not allowing passengers with waistline of over 56 inches and passengers travelling with infants on their laps to book the business class seats of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts, he said.
Not sure what is this safety seat belt issue that plagues Thai’s 787-9 Dreamliners? I would say that for seriously overweight people it is right thing to buy business class so that they don’t take space from their fellow passengers (spillage) that surely happens when they are seated in economy.
Wouldn’t mind if screaming children would be banned from business class, however.