Man deemed too fat to fly must sail

Kevin Chenais and his parents will stay at a hotel in Brooklyn until they catch the Queen Mary 2 for England.

Chenais, 22, has an hormone imbalance and came to the US from France in 2012 for obesity treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Chicago.

He had planned to fly home in late October, but British Airways refused to let him board the plane on the grounds he was too fat.

The family spent more than a week at a hotel near Chicago airport as they tried to resolve the situation.

"It is mainly my parents who are angry," he told reporters, looking tired after the 19-hour train trip from Chicago.

His father Rene criticised British Airways for paying for just five nights in a hotel, where in the end they spent 13 days. He said the carrier has yet to refund their tickets.

An airline spokesman said the carrier tried to find a solution but in the end it was not possible to tend to Chenais safely.

Chenais needs oxygen

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