Canada: One Person, One Airline Fare
The good news? Canada has passed a law declaring "One Person, One Fare" for airlines. That means no more "maybe two seats maybe not!" hopscotch for Canadian domestic airlines. Awesome!
The bad news? They consider "severely" fat people to be disabled and thus covered, but people who are "not disabled as a result of their obesity" are not. Not exactly sure how that's determined - but neither is the Canadian Transportation Agency, so they're leaving it up to the airlines.
For persons disabled by obesity, the Agency cites the practical experience of Southwest Airlines, which screens for entitlement to an additional seat by determining whether a person can lower the seat's armrests.
Not being able to put an armrest down doesn't equal a disability. A common criteria will be determined, per the Agency.
So this is kind of a half-win. Thankfully, the ever-eloquent peggynature tackles the subject well:
...I am not a scholar of disability by any means, so be please feel free to enlighten me, but I think body size (height, weight, shape, etc.) deserves its own category, because while it often intersects with disability in a society that refuses to recognize physical diversity, its main function in our culture seems to be as a class identifier.
In any case, halfway is better than.. uh... none-way. It's great to see progress being made in this area for sure, and big kudos to the CTA for making progress. A step in the right direction for sure! [Thanks, vidyapriya, Michelle, and Cecily!]