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Old 06-15-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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This may be a controversial topic, but I just wanted to get some view points as I recently was on a business trip and had a pretty large individual sit between myself and another person traveling on business. We had no connecting flight as our plane was going to the same destination and once that person got off we began to discuss. I just wanted to get some view points on this to see if we were right.

When you buy a plane ticket there are a multitude of things you have to consider. Am I getting the best price? Where is my seat going to be? How much time do I have to reach my connection? How long is the layover? ect ect ect? Pondering if you will be comfortable during your flight should not be one of them.

Ive been to sporting events where a large person sat next to me and pretty much took up half of my personal area, thusly pretty much ruining any comfort I had, I have also been on other flights where I have sat next to large people and I was extremely cramped when I got off the plane because the persons arms kept pushing my shoulders to weird positions.

So, do you think its fair that larger individuals are able to take up more space than they are allotted, make you uncomfortable, touch you, ruin your experience and not have to pay for an extra seat? See I personally dont think it is. With the growing amount of obese people in the U.S. its actually becoming a problem and a concern to airlines, as I have had a few talks with managers because of my experiences. They are just trying to figure out a way to deal with it.

The only way I can think of is have a regulated height to weight ratio index with maximums that would need to be filled out during the purchase phase of the ticket. Based on the calculation, if you are over the max you would need to purchase another ticket. Now this would be very invasive, offensive, has problems written all over it. However, how else would these be conducted?
Obese people are the least of the airline problems. No, they certainly do not meed any more regulations.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:56 PM
 
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I had to laugh on one flight when we had the three bulkhead seats in the first row (priced a little more than regular coach) with the middle seat empty and a passenger came up and asked if anyone was sitting in the middle seat!! I looked at him and said, "We are." He responded, "No you're not, it's empty". I explained that I paid for all three and wasn't sharing. He huffed and walked away.

Sometimes you just can't win!!
This is very difficult to enforce. Most people won't believe you paid for an extra seat. You may have to get the captain to resolve such a dispute, and with a high-revenue passenger waiting to get on the plane, he could conceivably resolve it by allowing the person to sit in your extra seat.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ/Amagansett, NY
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This is very difficult to enforce. Most people won't believe you paid for an extra seat. You may have to get the captain to resolve such a dispute, and with a high-revenue passenger waiting to get on the plane, he could conceivably resolve it by allowing the person to sit in your extra seat.
I would imagine if you buy 2 seats, you get 2 boarding passes with the seat numbers on them, no?
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:18 PM
 
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This is very difficult to enforce. Most people won't believe you paid for an extra seat. You may have to get the captain to resolve such a dispute, and with a high-revenue passenger waiting to get on the plane, he could conceivably resolve it by allowing the person to sit in your extra seat.
I've seen this scenario. They asked for a volunteer, some college kid gave up his seat. The person who bought the second seat kept it--as it should be.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: BC, Arizona
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In Canada the airlines are legally required to provide two seats for the price of one for obese passengers who have a doctors note. The doctor has to measure the girth of the patient while sitting. The extra seat has to be requested in advance. People still don't go through the steps (or they're not willing to admit they're obese, just "big boned".
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:55 PM
 
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In Canada the airlines are legally required to provide two seats for the price of one for obese passengers who have a doctors note. The doctor has to measure the girth of the patient while sitting. The extra seat has to be requested in advance. People still don't go through the steps (or they're not willing to admit they're obese, just "big boned".
Why reward bad behavior?
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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As a person myself who is quite large. Its all about how you let people percieve yourself. When i fly if i cant sit in first class. The person who has to sit next to me gets to enjoy a free meal on my dime. Or if they would like to order an alcoholic beverage i will pay for that too. I also make sure i am bad stink free or have somthing on that smells nice. I do this because i know im taking up their space and it bothers them. I also dont act like a slob and cought sneeze and hack all over the person next to me. Im not super wealthy but a free drink or snack on me changes peoples attitude quickly.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Just make the skinny passengers sit next to the fat ones, so the total weight for a pair of seats is still only 400 pounds. They'll fit.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:14 PM
 
Location: BC, Arizona
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Why reward bad behavior?
It was a decision under our human rights language, it's unlawful to discriminate against someone due to a disability and the airlines have a "duty to accommodate" obese passengers. That is why the medical note is needed.

Not saying I agree with it, but it's the law here in the great white north.

As I said, doesn't mean that we don't still get squished...
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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i'm glad I rarely if ever fly anymore. I had enough when I worked for Delta Airlines, and had to listen to all these complaints. Though none of us really had the authority to do much about the problem. I agree it is a serious problem. The seats are getting smaller, and yes many Americans are getting bigger. It's not fair for a person that can fit comfortably in their seat, to be seated next to someone that invades into their space. The airlines should have dealth with this properly years ago, but we were always told to give the passenger the seat extension. My view is a 2nd seat should have been mandatory, for someone not capable of fitting in one seat. Which in my time flying was not nearly the problem it is now.

Actually I thought by now the Airlines would have been enforcing, 2 seats for people in that situation. After reading all these comments I guess not.
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