A dozen airlines, which include those of Britain, the USA, Canada, France and Germany are to start adding a 20% 'fat charge' to the flight tickets of all female passengers holding British passports.
This is as a result of a report by the European data agency Eurostat which shows that a quarter of British women - 23.9% - are obese which makes them the fattest females in Europe.
The 20% will be added when a woman holding a British passport makes a reservation for a flight. If she makes the reservation on the Internet she would have to supply her nationality and passport details - i.e. its number and where it was issued.
Speaking from London a spokesperson of the World Aviation Authority which agrees with the airlines' decision said that Britain's fat women have been endangering the lives of flight crews and fellow passengers because they've been making planes dangerously overloaded.
British female passengers will also not be served any refreshment or meals on the flights. They would be able to buy a packet of low-calorie chewing gum on booking in at an airport.
After Britain, the country with the highest level of obese women was Azerbaijan, but as none of those involved with the survey could spell the name, the country with the third highest number of obese women - Malta - was upped to second position.
The 'fat charge' will commence on Thursday,December 1.
More airlines are expected to announce that they too will apply the 20% 'fat charge'.