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Old 02-16-2010, 06:41 PM   #46
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Of course no one wants to be uncomfortable while they're hurtling through the air in a shiny metal tube at a gajillion miles an hour and at 35,000 feet.

I don't want to be squished in my seat, I don't want to be sitting next to someone who smells bad, I don't want to be sitting next to someone who's going to yammer my ear off the whole flight, and I don't want to be sitting near an unruly child.

But it's airline travel, and there's not much I can do about any of those things (okay, I can at least pretend to be dead go to sleep to avoid the chatty cathy in the seat next to me).

Overweight people are a safety hazard? So are passengers who stick their feet in the aisle (I do it to, but I'd hate to fall asleep like that and get my foot run over or trip someone), and so is an unruly child who might be flailing around, throwing stuff, or projectile vomiting (actually, that could go for drunk adults, too).

If Southwest (and other airlines, although I haven't heard so much about other airlines' ill handling of these situations) wants to stand by this practice, then they need to a) come up with a standard that involves some sort of consistency and not some arbitrary method of deciding who needs to buy a second seat or GTFO; and b) handle it in a way that at least attempts not to humiliate people.

I'm not saying I have the answer, and I can understand the necessity to have people buy two seats if they do require more space than one seat. There just has to be a better way to go about it.
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deep, it's so charming how you post pictures of overweight people squeezed into small seats in this thread. It's such a helpful contribution to the topic.

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But it's okay to post pictures of them to illustrate your point in an exaggerated manner. Got it.
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I'm not saying I have the answer, and I can understand the necessity to have people buy two seats if they do require more space than one seat. There just has to be a better way to go about it.
I agree...though that also presents bad images of a weigh-in at the check in counter.
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deep, it's so charming how you post pictures of overweight people squeezed into small seats in this thread. It's such a helpful contribution to the topic.



But it's okay to post pictures of them to illustrate your point in an exaggerated manner. Got it.
a+ on trolling, at least.
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I try and nap, so I can be rested for my arrival
Try that for 13 hours when you don't know how to try and find a comfortable angle anymore.
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-high fructose corn syrup

-sitting on the couch


More thoughts (but I stopped)
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I agree...though that also presents bad images of a weigh-in at the check in counter.
Yeah, that's not going to be any better. and how exactly would that help?

Someone has somewhere to be, and they're at the airport, ready to go - is the airline going to just send them home if there's not an extra seat for purchase? "Sorry, sir, you'll just have to miss your brother's wedding/funeral/bar mitzvah."

If the alternative is to make it some sort of requirement prior to purchasing tickets, how do you measure that? Weight isn't going to be an exact measure of whether or not someone can fit into a seat, and plenty of people will tell you that BMI is not a great measuring stick, either.

Argh. I'm getting unnecessarily worked up over this. It's probably a good thing I have somewhere else to be later tonight.
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Try that for 13 hours when you don't know how to try and find a comfortable angle anymore.
After my back to back experiences with the curry-man and the hockey-bag-smelling-feet man (both of whom were thin and fit in their seat FWIW), I took a quadruple dose of dramamine/gravol and slept for a 10 hour flight with my cheek on that fold out table. The nice KLM stewardess woke me up and fed me some crackers but I could barely chew I was so zonked. Worst neck ache ever! If there was any fat or stinky people near me, I never knew.
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Drug us all into oblivion, strip us down, and stack us like cordwood.

Seating problems AND terror fears solved!
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Drug us all into oblivion, strip us down, and stack us like cordwood.

Seating problems AND terror fears solved!
I think that was a Stephen King short story, wasn't it? Or was that time travel?
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That's good, because this thread isn't about the reasons for/perils of the growing problem of obesity, it's about airlines' policies regarding passengers.
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That's good, because this thread isn't about the reasons for/perils of the growing problem of obesity, it's about airlines' policies regarding passengers.


Sorry, but I was thinking, my reply had a point.
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If the alternative is to make it some sort of requirement prior to purchasing tickets, how do you measure that? Weight isn't going to be an exact measure of whether or not someone can fit into a seat, and plenty of people will tell you that BMI is not a great measuring stick, either.

Argh. I'm getting unnecessarily worked up over this. It's probably a good thing I have somewhere else to be later tonight.
This is not a BMI issue

This is not an obesity issue.

I previously posted that a body builder that spills over into the next seat should be required to buy more space.
I know very tall people that are forced to pay a premium to fly 1st class because their legs will not fit in coach seat space.


The seats are 16 - 17 inches wide.

I think it could be a measurement only thing.
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I know very tall people that are forced to pay a premium to fly 1st class because their legs will not fit in coach seat space.
That's interesting, I didn't know that.
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SWA doesn't have 1st class.
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