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Old 12-14-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Ok So I just got back home to va beach, va after a 5 day cruise which was amazing, but I had to fly from norfolk to atlanta, then to miami and vice versa on the way back and after a miserable flight from atlanta back home this evening I'm curious to know if anyone else has my opinion on this. My flight home was a very full flight and I could not make any seat changes and there were no first class upgrades left, so I was left in the middle of row 23 (middle seat) and the aisle and window seat were occupied by a male and female both very obese! it is my opinion that these people should have to buy two seats, because both of them spilled into mine leaving me with no use of either armrest and only about 40% of my seat to actually sit in, just curious to know what others takes on this are and any other horror stories.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:17 PM
 
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IMO grossly obese passengers should pay for 2 seats.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I agree with you 100%! I hate it when I book a flight late and get a middle seat but I have never been stuck in one. I always arrive to the flight about 2 hours early and just do a self check in and I have always been able to change my seat even on flights that are 100% booked.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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Yes, 2 seats is appropriate if they cannot safely fit in a single seat. Unfortunately there is such a movement in this country to feel sympathy for fat people that it will never happen.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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I would've asked them to switch seats so I could be on the outside. Possible ways to motivate them: coughing... telling them I need to use the restroom alot.... my elbows & knees constantly twitch - I can't control myself.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:15 AM
 
Location: St. Croix
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Fat is fat - it is when the passenger requests a seat belt extender that fat turns into the obese category. Frankly, if a you're in a middle seat between 2 passengers with seat belt extenders, then ask the FA to re-locate you. If it is possible, you'll find that the FA will normally assist you as just about anyone would see this as a potential safety issue.

This is also a good reason to use miles to upgrade to the next cabin - for your safety and comfort. If you've got the miles, use them.

Sarahkate_m's "stealth" tactics are also a good way to get re-positioned.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: DC
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People taking up my seat in the plane is a pet peeve of mine. Sometimes it's not even people who are obese, but just those who are larger than me and figure that I don't need my entire seat space. If I'm in an aisle or window it's no problem, since I just shift to the opposite side, but when I'm in the middle and both people make the same assumption, I get annoyed.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I know a very fat couple who always just buy three seats together and put up the armrests. That to me is very ethical on their part.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Lake Gaston, NC
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I know a very fat couple who always just buy three seats together and put up the armrests. That to me is very ethical on their part.
speaking of armrests ..... is there a unwritten rule that says who gets them ? Since the aisle and window get one for sure do you give the other to the middle seat ? or is 1st come 1st serve ?
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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speaking of armrests ..... is there a unwritten rule that says who gets them ? Since the aisle and window get one for sure do you give the other to the middle seat ? or is 1st come 1st serve ?
It's a stupid system. The way it ends up working out is unfair: biggest person wins, tie goes to the male.

In a civil world, both persons would stay off the armrest. But they won't. And usually the men know that the women will not want to be confrontational, so they just hog it. I read some months back about a plan to angle the rows so that no one is flat adjacent to anyone, which seems to me like a marvelous idea. Unfortunately, that would require airlines to spend money on passenger comfort, which they will not do, and to envision something new, which very few will do.
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