(WFIE) - United Airlines is starting a controversial seating policy that could bump overweight people off their flight.
The airline joins eight others who require customers to purchase a second seat when they are unable to use an extended seatbelt, put their armrests down, and if they infringe on another guest's seat.
If the flight is full, United will offer the second seat on another flight at the same fare.
A spokesperson said this will happen only after all other solutions are exhausted.
"Everybody's welfare should be looked out for," Dawn Jackson-Blather with the American Dietic Association said. "Not only the people who are in their seats already, but also the psyche of the overweight person being escorted of the plane."