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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Obese woman loses airline seat fight

Or, even a law degree won't win you your case if there's no case to be made.

No, obesity is not a disability according to the Canadian Transportation Agency. As such, airlines aren't required to provide extra seats to their, ahem, bulkier passengers at no cost to the passenger in question. The complaint was brought by a University of Calgary law professor who wanted to sit in to seats but only pay for one.

A sensible decision. If I'm shipping bulky freight, I've got to pay more. Why should it be different for airline passengers? Personally, I think that Air Canada's been quite reasonable; they charge an extra half-fare to passengers who request an extra seat to accomodate their, uh, girth.
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