Warning: If you’re too fat, you won’t fly

By David McKay and Calum Ross

Published: 21/02/2014

Oil workers who are too fat to fit through emergency windows will not be allowed to fly on North Sea helicopters under a raft of new safety measures unveiled yesterday.

The Civil Aviation Authority launched a “comprehensive" review in the aftermath of the most recent fatal Super Puma crash off Shetland in August, which claimed the lives of four people.

The CAA recommendations include a regulatory ban on flying in the most severe weather, although operators said they routinely cancel journeys in such conditions. Seating will be reconfigured, so passengers will only fly if they are next to an emergency window exit.

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