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Old 06-10-2015, 10:02 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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They should have enough room so that they do not impinge on where others are sitting.

When in a plane, I do not want to deal with the thighs, breasts and other bodily parts of another individual. I do not want anyone to touch me.

So if the person's body is so large that contact is possible - yes - they should buy two seats.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Folks, all too many of you still DO NOT GET IT! The airlines do not care if you are comfortable in economy class; they only care about transporting you from Point A to Point B safely. They'd suspend all of us from meat hooks if they could, if it would allow them to pack a few more bodies on the plane.

And there's no point complaining that large people should buy two seats. Since when do all people always do what they should do? And since the airlines have no way of determining a person's size at the time they buy a ticket, there's simply no way for an airline to proactively enforce this rule. (And that's leaving out the fact that a person's size can change dramatically between the time a ticket is purchased and the time the flight departs, since tickets can be purchased as far as 330 days in advance.)

So, what are the options?

1. Deal with the issue at the time of departure (which keeps economy ticket prices lowest, but at the cost of upsetting the squisher and/or the squished).

2. Legislate a larger minimum economy class seat width (which will prevent the majority of squishing issues, but at the cost of a mildly increased ticket price for everyone in economy class).

3. Deal with the issue by purchasing more space for yourself to ensure you won't be squished, by buying either two economy class seats or a business class/first class seat (guarantees you won't be squished and also keeps overall economy ticket prices low, but greatly increases your personal cost to fly).

When it comes to flight, money - and ONLY money - talks. Until people are willing to pay more for an economy ticket, the problem isn't going to go away. It's as simple as that.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:02 AM
 
Location: the Permian Basin
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Fly Southwest, pick your seat. Problem solved.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Texas
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If first class was only double the economy price, I'd always fly first class.
It's usually several times more.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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No, I don't think they should pay extra. Airlines keeps decreasing their seating size a little at a time, so Hell with them.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Texas
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No, I don't think they should pay extra. Airlines keeps decreasing their seating size a little at a time, so Hell with them.
To hell with them?
They're not the ones being affected by this.
It's me squinching myself in my seat bc someone's meat is spilling above and below the armrest and touching me all over.
It's me getting backaches and neck pain from awkwardly positioning my legs when the thighs spill over to my side.
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Portlandish, OR
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Maybe airlines need a skinny beyotch section. I can't decide if you should pay more for that, or less, since technically it's less weight to haul around and fewer people would qualify for those seats. WDYT?
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:59 AM
 
Location: the Permian Basin
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They're not the ones being affected by this.
It's me squinching myself in my seat bc someone's meat is spilling above and below the armrest and touching me all over.
You think the fat woman sitting next to you didn't have to "squinch" herself into the seat?
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Texas
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You think the fat woman sitting next to you didn't have to "squinch" herself into the seat?
She does.
And then she proceeds (unintentionally, but her intentions don't help me) to overflow into the already small space I have.
That's not right.
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:12 AM
 
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The untold truth is that airlines are already allocating obviously obese people to remote corners of the plane. Sometimes that is just not possible so you end up next to them. I have personally been on three flights where a person needed the seat belt extender. They were all on the Aisle and had no one next to them. Two were so big they took up 1/3 of the aisle.

You might not feel any sympathy but I am sure traveling is pure hell for an obese person so perhaps a little compassion is in order (although I still don't want to sit next to one).
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