Airline to pay for woman’s therapy for ‘making her feel like fat monster’

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    An airline has been ordered to pay therapy costs for a plus-size influencer as she claims they made her feel like a 'fat monster'.

    Influencer Juliana Nehme, 38, claimed Qatar Airways discriminated against her due to her size after they allegedly refused to let her board her flight home to Brazil without paying £2,500 because she was "too fat."

    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.

    Speaking out on the incident since it happened, Nehme said: "It was like I wasn’t a human being to them. I was a fat monster that couldn’t get on board. It was horrible. I’d never imagined going through something like this, ever.

    “It hurts me now to remember how much I blamed myself, because I blamed myself a lot, I even asked my mother for forgiveness several times.

    “I said, ‘Mum, forgive me, because me being like this stopped you from going home’. And she said it wasn’t my fault.”

    Qatar Airways claim the influencer was not permitted to board due to her “extremely rude and aggressive” behaviour towards staff, and the fact that someone in her group did not have the correct Covid-19 documentation.

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    However, a court in Sao Paulo has determined that Qatar Airways should pay for weekly psychological treatment for Ms Nehme, a hearing said on December 12.

    Judge Renata Martins de Carvalho ruled that the airline must pay for “a weekly therapy session worth BRL 400 (£63) for a period of at least one year, totalling BRL 19,200 (£3,000)”.

    Her lawyer has called the ruling a “milestone in the fight against prejudice”.

    Qatar Airways has been approached for a comment.


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