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    NOVEMBER 13, 2013 - 11:39 PM

    British Airways: Has refused to let 22-year-old Kevin Chenais to board a plane to England because of his weight.
    Overweight man refused flight in US sails to England instead
    A young Frenchman deemed too heavy to fly on a jetliner has arrived in New York to head home by ship.

    Kevin Chenais, who weighs 230 kilograms, arrived with his parents on Tuesday at Penn Station in New York by train from Chicago. They will stay at a hotel in Brooklyn until they catch the Queen Mary 2 for England.

    Chenais, 22, has a 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.

    On Monday, they decided to take a train to New York, from where they will sail for England on November 19.

    "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 Mr Chenais safely.

    Mr Chenais needs oxygen constantly and medical oversight, so the week-long trip from New York to Southampton will not be easy.

    He has mobility problems and gets around in an electric-powered wheelchair.

    As he arrived in New York, with the help of the French consulate, police and staff from the rail company Amtrak helped him off the train and out of the station.

    On Tuesday, his father said that two or three days after British Airways refused to let him fly, their travel agent had said Air France and Swissair were willing to take him. But the family was out of money.

    "We paid $1200 for the train and then $2000 for the ship. We cannot pay any more," Rene Chenais said.

    He added he was considering legal action against British Airways.

    "For now Kevin has to hang in there. We are going to try to visit New York a bit and disconnect."

    A doctor will examine Mr Chenais in the coming days and staff on the Queen Mary 2 have been friendly, his father said.

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    I don't blame the airline if his health is so fragile he needs constant medical supervision and oxygen.

    While his family is demanding money and blaming everyone for their son's obvious inability to STOP BLOODY EATING - "hormone imbalance" my arse - maybe they should get a refund from the Mayo Clinic too who clearly failed to help even after a year's "treatment".

    And he wants a free transatlantic cruise on the QM2 as well! Let him swim- that'll shift the flab.
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    I agree. It has always been my understanding that if you need special accommodations, which it sounds like he does due to his need for constant medical supervision and oxygen, you have to let the airline know ahead of time. The same goes for people who would take up more than one seat, which he probably would if he weighs roughly 500 pounds. So, it could be that he booked only one seat and didn't inform the airline of his circumstances, and when he showed up, he needed accommodations that they were not able to provide on such late notice.

    There's also the medical liability. I know that some airlines won't let pregnant women who are past a certain number of weeks fly without a note from their doctor and/or some sort of waiver. That may also be the case for individuals who have other situations that could cause a medical emergency on the flight.

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    I feel sorry for him. If the obesity was just a matter of overeating, I am sure they would have done lap-band surgery or something similar. So it is likely true it's something hormonal they can't sort out. To be so obese at 22 without being able to do anything about it must really suck.
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    I don't blame the airline one bit. I would be scared he would throw a blood clot and die, in the middle of the Atlantic. Then everyone in the airplane, would have to sit and stare at the dead guy, that would probably still be wedged in his seats. He weighs 500lbs, and has limited mobility, he probably has the greatest risk of everyone on the flight, to throw a blood clot.
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    It's the Whining Victim that irks me and thinking he's entitled to special ie FREE privileges just because he's fat. A "hormone imbalance" might conceivably explain being a bit overweight and struggling to keep it off, but there's only one way you get to 500+lbs.
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    That uncomfortable moment when you realize Kevin isn't flying with you to Europe.....

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    poor fat little bastard never stood a chance. there's a special place in hell for klassy french people who named their kid kevin (or 'kev-eenn', as they pronounce it). it was big for a few years and only assholes did it.
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    Kevin is so not a classy French name.
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    The FAA uses the following standard weights for passengers and their carry-ons when calculating aircraft weight and balance and center of gravity: 200 for males, 179 for females and 76 for kids under thirteen. Seems as if they're underestimating a lot of folks.

    Mr. Chenais needs oxygen constantly and medical oversight, so the week-long trip from New York to Southampton will not be easy.
    Well, I can't imagine that an eight hour flight at approximately 9,000 ft. Cabin altitude could be good for a man needing constant oxygen. At that point, it's a medical flight, and should require an airplane equipped for those kinds of flights. Kudos to the airplane for looking out for his health when he and his family are too ignorant to do so.

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    How in the hell did he survive the trip over here ? Was there no place in all of Europe that could have helped , and clearly the treatment at the Mayo clinic didn't improve his immediate health.
    What did his family expect , for the airline to take on the complete liability of having a gravely ill, obese person on a risky flight .

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    The FAA uses the following standard weights for passengers and their carry-ons when calculating aircraft weight and balance and center of gravity: 200 for males, 179 for females and 76 for kids under thirteen. Seems as if they're underestimating a lot of folks.



    Well, I can't imagine that an eight hour flight at approximately 9,000 ft. Cabin altitude could be good for a man needing constant oxygen. At that point, it's a medical flight, and should require an airplane equipped for those kinds of flights. Kudos to the airplane for looking out for his health when he and his family are too ignorant to do so.
    If this is what they estimate why in the hell are those seats to tiny ,they make me feel like a hippo every time I fly
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    Try flying on an Asian airline. The seats and seat belts are, ahem, snug. I'm no manatee but it's still a tight squeeze.
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    Wait - so the "Mayo" clinic doesn't help you develop your acute taste for mayonnaise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by choozen1ne View Post
    If this is what they estimate why in the hell are those seats to tiny ,they make me feel like a hippo every time I fly
    that's including carry on luggage. A gross underestimation, in my opinion. Especially with the way they gnat's ass the fuel load every time.

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    That makes me feel really safe for my flight to Hawaii next month! Good thing my husband's family are all teeny tiny. that should take some of the pressure off any larger folks on the plane, since there's fifteen of us.

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