Man deemed too large for British Airways flight denied train trip

French Kevin Chenais, who was deemed too fat to fly, exits Heathrow Airport upon arrival on a plane...

French Kevin Chenais, who was deemed too fat to fly, exits Heathrow Airport upon arrival on a plane from New York to London on November 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE

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, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

The man who wasn't allowed to board a British Airways flight because he was deemed too fat has now also been told he cannot ride on Eurostar trains due to safety concerns.

Kevin Chenais weighs 510 lbs. (226 kg.) and he has been struggling to get home to his family in eastern France.

In May 2012, he flew to the U.S. on British Airways to undergo hormone treatments, the BBC reported. But when he wanted to return home in October, the airline refused to let him on the plane, citing safety concerns.

He then planned to cross the Atlantic on the cruise ship Queen Mary, but ship officials wouldn't let him board because of concerns about his weight.

On Tuesday, Virgin Airlines flew Chenais to London.

But that's where Chenais, who needs a scooter to get around, faced another roadblock: Eurostar officials told him they wouldn't permit him on a train to get back to France because the company has "very strict rules" when it comes to passengers and being able to get them off a train in the case of an emergency.

Instead, the rail company has agreed to help pay for Chenais to take a private ferry across the English Channel to get home. P&O Ferries said it's set up to get Chenais across the Channel. The company told the BBC it is hard to imagine Chenais' frustration after trying for a month to get home.


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