Brazilian plus-size model Juliana Neme said she was banned from flying by Qatar Airways last Wednesday because she was “too fat”.
Juliana bought a return ticket to the state of São Paulo in Brazil, but was told by the company that she would have to buy a business class seat or an extra seat for the trip. In a video posted on social media, the model accused Qatar Airways of being fatphobic.
According to Juliana G1, the model was in Lebanon, where she had been with her family in recent days, and was about to board a plane to Sao Paulo with a stopover in Doha (Qatar). However, this did not happen as the passenger was not allowed to travel. According to her, the airline refused to land in Brazil because she was “too fat.”
The model revealed in a joint video that the Qatari company informed her that she was not entitled to a seat, even after having already paid a thousand dollars (over 961 euros) for a ticket, because she needed to buy an executive seat or two regular ones to board. seating ticket.
In a note released this Thursday, the airline said they transferred the model to another flight because one of Giuliana’s companions failed to present the required documents to enter Brazil.
In the text, the company also mentions that the mother of the Brazilian influencer did not submit a negative PCR test in accordance with the rules of Anvisa (Health Surveillance Agency), which obliges Brazilians and foreigners to provide evidence of vaccination against Covid or to undergo an antigen type test or RT-PCR with a negative or an undetermined result for Covid-19, which must be carried out the day before boarding.
“Qatar Airways treats all passengers with respect and dignity and, in line with industry practice and similar to most airlines, anyone who makes it impossible to seat another passenger and cannot fasten their seat belt or lower their armrests may be asked to purchase an additional seat. , both as a precautionary measure and for the convenience of all passengers. The passenger in question at Beirut airport was extremely rude and aggressive towards register when one of her companions failed to submit the required PCR documents to enter Brazil. As a result, airport security was asked to intervene as several employees and passengers were extremely unhappy with the situation. We can confirm that the passenger has already boarded a Qatar Airways flight this evening. [quinta-feira]leaving Lebanon for Brazil,” the Qatari company said in a statement.
Yuliana denied the accusations of being rude and argued with the Qatar Airways staff, stating that “they are trying to cover up everything they did to me. within minutes and we passed the result to the employees. This is where it all started. She told me that I was not allowed on the flight because I was fat, and you already know the rest.