Woman ‘banned from boarding flight as she’s too fat and wouldn’t fit in seat’

A plus-size model has claimed she wasn't allowed to board her Qatar Airways flight without paying £2,500 because she was "too fat."

Influencer Juliana Nehme, 38, has accused the airline of discriminating against her due to her size after they allegedly refused to let her board her flight home to Brazil.

In a post for her 118,000 Instagram followers, Juliana explained how she had been on holiday in Lebanon with her family and had arrived in the country via Air France without any issues.

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However, on the return journey with Qatar Airways, she claims she was not allowed to board her flight from Beirut to Doha on November 22.

The ordeal meant she would miss her onward connection to Sao Paulo, Brazil where she lives.

Juliana also alleged that the airline refused to refund her the $1,000 (£830) she had paid for her ticket and instead tried to get her to pay $3,000 (£2,480) to upgrade to first-class so she could fit into the seat.

In a video, she posted on social media, she vented: "They are denying my right to travel. I'm desperate, help me, they don't want me to board because I'm fat.

"What a shame for a company like Qatar to allow this type of discrimination against people! I'm fat, but I'm just like everyone else!"

The influencer ended up staying in Lebanon with her mother, while her sister and nephew returned home, where she remains at the time of reporting.

Qatar Airways, which was named the world's best airline at the 2022 Skytrax World Airline Awards, has been contacted for a comment.

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The news comes after a curvy model was hailed "beautiful" after flaunting her figure before and after gaining weight.

Valeria Godfrey, who regularly posts fashion inspo on her @valbabyyy3 TikTok account, was seen sporting a figure-hugging ruched orange dress and a leather look skirt and crop top co-ord in her latest video.

She said the clips were from before she gained weight as she showed an update of what she looks like now.


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