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Too Fat to Fly

At what point do you draw the line?

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Visitor Comments: 78

(55) Chellie, June 7, 2011 4:51 AM

Rabbi Hillel said "Do not do to others what you would not have others do to you" The people at the airline seemed to have been insensitive and rude. However, they were merely doing their job. We cannot judge them as they were told to do things a certain way. It is the corporation that is wrong. With regard to the weight issue, I do not like feeling crowded and if I were an over weight person, I would respectfully think of others comfort as well as my own and I would purchase two seats. I would not want my body parts overflowing into someone else's seat. I would be embarrassed and I would feel it was rude of me when they paid for that seat. Additionally, I am in favor of weight restrictions as there are certain requirements weight wise for the plane itself. I can recall a time when we, the passengers, needed to redistribute to rebalance the plane. So please give pause to the safety issues too when thinking about this. This is a sensitive area, however, it also deals with safety....your safety and my safety. If someone is offended, then I am sorry but safety comes first.

(54) C.R., June 5, 2011 10:54 PM


There is good discrimination--and bad discrimination; everyone is not the same in all ways; there by necessity have to be rules boundaries and limitations in life and in society--otherwise it would be chaos!

(53) Anonymous, May 30, 2011 10:44 AM

cost of airline seats

Recently we flew from Colorado to Wisconsin on Delta. Our son purchased for us a 3 seat bloc in coach for my comfort as I am obese. On the return trip we found out that two first class seats were actually cheaper than three coach and a hell of a lot more comfortable. Also the airline personnel treats you better, free drinks, snacks.

(52) Sue J, May 29, 2011 10:33 PM

Should fix the seats

I agree that the planes should modify the seats - if some customers are of size, then society needs to accommodate and not embarrass the customers. Or the airline should just GIVE the person of size two seats if that's cheaper than refurbishing the plane. And the way this airline did the "check" was absolutely rude. I cannot see making a person of size buy two seats - that gets expensive. This to say if the seats were larger, more people might like flying better. I think the customers should demand better service because until they do, airlines will not GIVE better service and rip off some people because they are too cheap to provide better seats! I hate flying anyway - squeezed in like sardines, boring and expensive - take the train - it's much better! :)

Kimberlynn Shaffer-Silva, June 6, 2011 3:21 PM

Agree re: Train

I have to say that I agree about taking the train. It is much more comfortable; cheaper; and has a beautiful view. They even have a car specifically for viewing the countryside, with huge windows and seats that face them for the passengers comfort and delight.

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