Airline stretches seats to appease obese passengers

Samoa, which has one of the world’s highest rates of obesity – and diabetes – achieved a ‘first’ last year when it began charging passengers fares based on how much they weigh.

Now Samoa Air chief executive Chris Langton has announced the airline will introduce a new XL class, with seat rows extended to make them up to 35cm wider.

“It’s sort of like a three-seat couch,” Mr Langton said.

He said the extra-large seating was a bid to