When boarding on her return flight from a holiday with her family Juliana Nehme was stopped from boarding because apparently she was “too big” for her seat. Needless to say that she was furious and hurt because of the way she was discriminated due to her size.
She took it to social media to try and explain what really happened. Juliana was on her way back from a holiday in Lebanon with her family and after arriving with no issues via Air France she was denied boarding on her return flight by Qatar Airways. To make things even worse they didn’t even offer to refund her ticket.
After the incident she turned to social media to vent saying: ‘They are denying my right to travel… I’m desperate, help me, they don’t want me to board because I’m too big.’
She had no choice but to stay in the country with her mom, while the rest of the family traveled home.
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She continued: ‘Now, what am I going to do? They are denying my right to travel, but I came here by AirFrance and everything went well, I had no problem. And now, they are denying my ticket,’ a clearly upset Nehme claimed. ‘They are requiring me to buy an executive ticket to go back to my own country, but I came here with normal seat ticket.”
The only solution at that time was for her to buy a $3.000 business ticket, but she didn’t have the money and the people from Qatar Airways kept telling her that she has no right to board on the plane simply because she is too big.
Here is what a spokesmen from the company had to say about the incident:
“Qatar Airways treats all passengers with respect and dignity and in line with industry practices and similar to most airlines, anyone who impedes upon the space of a fellow traveler and cannot secure their seatbelt or lower their armrests may be required to purchase an additional seat both as a safety precaution and for the comfort and safety of all passengers.”
Later on Nehme was put on a later flight from Lebanon according to a spokesperson from Qatar Airways.