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Old 06-11-2015, 07:26 AM
 
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One thing that Spirit Airlines does which I wish the other carriers would do is supply a few seats which are as wide as a first class seat, but don't come with any first class amenities. The Big Front Seats cost only a bit more than the standard economy seat, not 3-4x as much (the way true first class seats do).

It makes sense to me: if we can have an economy plus section with extra legroom, why not an economy wide section with extra seat width?

It won't completely solve the problem because not everyone who needs such a seat would book one, but it would definitely help.
yeah, since many planes have 3-3 or 3-3-3 arrangement, they can put 2 seats instead of 3 in a small number of the rows, for example, 3-2, or 3-2-3, but those who get the bigger seats would need to pay 50% more since they are taking 150% of regular seat space. But I am not sure those overweight passengers will be willing to pay for that.

Of course that may lead to problems for the airlines. I am sure they have done their research.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:31 AM
 
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Maybe if airlines had more properly sized and spaced seating it wouldn't be an issue!
I'm old enough to remember when it was far roomier!
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:37 AM
 
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I'm old enough to remember when it was far roomier!
Maybe so, but consider it for the airlines, what was the oil price back then, and what was wage and pension cost back then?
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:39 AM
 
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yeah, since many planes have 3-3 or 3-3-3 arrangement, they can put 2 seats instead of 3 in a small number of the rows, for example, 3-2, or 3-2-3, but those who get the bigger seats would need to pay 50% more since they are taking 150% of regular seat space. But I am not sure those overweight passengers will be willing to pay for that.
I would pay it, and I don't really even need 2 seats. I fit in one seat with the armrests down, it's just tight. But I would certainly pay 150% for a little more breathing room.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:14 AM
 
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Good luck trying to tell a pregnant woman she has to buy two seats because she is overweight due to carrying a baby inside her. Airlines don't want that publicity. Especially with cell phone video cameras everywhere now. Next viral video waiting to happen.

Just better to let sleeping dogs lie.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: BC, Arizona
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yeah, since many planes have 3-3 or 3-3-3 arrangement, they can put 2 seats instead of 3 in a small number of the rows, for example, 3-2, or 3-2-3, but those who get the bigger seats would need to pay 50% more since they are taking 150% of regular seat space. But I am not sure those overweight passengers will be willing to pay for that.

Of course that may lead to problems for the airlines. I am sure they have done their research.
I like this idea.

This also aligns the expectations we have for overweight people with those that are tall. They are expected to pay for premium seats with more leg room if they want to fit into economy comfortably.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Austin
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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 I buy a ticket I expect to get my entire seat. If somebody cannot fit into one seat, they should have two seats. It's up to the airline to decide if they have to pay for two seats. If I were running the airline I would make them buy two seats. Airlines aren't a charity.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Good luck trying to tell a pregnant woman she has to buy two seats because she is overweight due to carrying a baby inside her. Airlines don't want that publicity. Especially with cell phone video cameras everywhere now. Next viral video waiting to happen.

Just better to let sleeping dogs lie.
Actually, "that publicity" might be good for business. Since most of us fit into one seat, we would be MORE likely to buy a ticket on an airline that required obese people to buy two seats so that we would be assured of having an entire seat to ourselves.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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yeah, since many planes have 3-3 or 3-3-3 arrangement, they can put 2 seats instead of 3 in a small number of the rows, for example, 3-2, or 3-2-3, but those who get the bigger seats would need to pay 50% more since they are taking 150% of regular seat space. But I am not sure those overweight passengers will be willing to pay for that.
Certainly some wouldn't (just as some tall people won't pay extra for extra legroom, and then whine about their knees being bruised). The more sensible, though, would notice that paying 50% more sure beats paying 100% more (two economy seats) or 300%+ more (first class).

I suspect some people who DO fit in s standard economy seat would also pay for a wide one, just to be a bit more comfortable. At 5'2" I don't need more legroom, but I certainly feel better in economy plus; if someone reclines, I don't feel like their head is in my lap. More space is always good!
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:42 AM
 
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When I buy a ticket I expect to get my entire seat. If somebody cannot fit into one seat, they should have two seats. It's up to the airline to decide if they have to pay for two seats. If I were running the airline I would make them buy two seats. Airlines aren't a charity.
that's why I always think there should be a hard but retractable divider between seats, so that if I don't want to be touched by my fat neighbour who constantly moves, I could just roll it up and not be bothered and he will only have the space he paid for.
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