The French mistake

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Air France goofed. By not allowing a man who weighed 375 pounds to fly to China on one ticket because he couldn't wedge himself into one seat, the airline committed a public-relations blunder that will wind up costing far more than the price of the extra ticket they wanted the guy to buy.

IATA has sided with Air France's position in the matter, which basically states that rules are rules. But French Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot, speaking to the Sunday weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, blasted the carrier for discriminating against "people who are already penalized in their daily life," and called the incident "intolerable."

Even if Air France was technically justified in its action, why be so cruel? This man probably gets stared at whenever he's out in public. It can't be any picnic being his size. He may be a nice guy. He may be a royal pain. It doesn't really matter. So he's fat. He's also human. Give him a break already.

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