Qatar Airways tells plus-size model to upgrade to first class because she couldn’t fit in economy seat: report

Qatar Airways is responding after a plus-size model said she was not allowed to board a flight because she was too “fat” to fit in an economy seat.

Juliana Nehme reportedly claimed that the airline had told her to shell out about $3,000 to upgrade to first class and would not reimburse her for the $947 she had spent on the flight from Beirut, Lebanon, to Doha, Qatar.

He shared his experience on Instagram videos that have more than 60,000 likes each, and commenters called Qatar Airways and asked them to take action.

“I bought a return ticket to Brazil via Qatar and upon arrival at check-in time, a flight attendant from Qatar called my mother while another staff member was finishing our check-in and told her she couldn’t board because I was fat,” he said, according to


This photo taken on November 13, 2019 shows a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 aircraft waiting on the runway before taking off at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon. (AMIR MAKAR/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

She told her followers that she had missed her connecting flight to São Paulo because of the incident, claiming that she had not had trouble boarding an Air France flight before and that she had been threatened when she tried to take a video.

Qatar Airways told FOX Business on Saturday that Nehme, who said was 38, had been extremely aggressive towards members of staff and they had to call security twice to calm her down.

They said it had been scaring both the workers and the passengers who had checked in.

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A Qatar Airways Airbus A380 double-decker jet flies at 40,000 feet over Europe on February 11, 2022, making a connecting flight from Doha to London Heathrow in the UK. (Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


“Qatar Airways treats all passengers with respect and dignity and, in accordance with industry practice and similar to most airlines, anyone who obstructs a fellow traveler’s space and is unable to secure their seatbelt safety or lowering the armrests may be forced to purchase an additional seat both as a safety measure and for the comfort and safety of all passengers,” the airline said in an emailed statement. “The passenger in question at the Beirut airport was initially extremely rude and aggressive towards check-in staff when one of her travel party members failed to present the required PCR documentation to enter Brazil.”

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A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Qatar Airways lands at Willy Brandt Airport in Berlin Brandenburg on November 2, 2020. (Soeren Stache/Image Alliance via Getty Images/Getty Images)

“As a result, airport security was requested to intervene, as staff and passengers were extremely concerned about his behaviour,” he concluded.

Qatar Airways said Nehme was booked on a flight from Lebanon.


It was not clear if he had to pay for an upgrade in order to fly.

Nehme did not immediately respond to FOX Business’s request for comment.

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