Have you ever been on an airplane and had to sit next to someone with a larger than normal rear end? The kind that spills over into your seat?
Yes, I have to agree that most people choose to fly in business class or coach. The seats are not large. That’s what you pay for, or I should say, do not pay for.
It’s embarrassing to the person in question, it’s an inconvenience to the person sitting next to the person in question and it’s a business problem for the airlines.
Is it discrimination or a good business practice to charge an obese person for the extra seat that they are spilling over in to?
Delta’s Susan Elliott said that the airline “has no plans to implement any policy that discriminates against any of our passengers.” Translation: This is one hot potato nobody is going to touch.
Passengers should plan on purchasing an extra seat or risk being asked to do so at the airport by staff. If the flight is not sold out, the passenger may claim a refund.
The airline states that passengers over 250 pounds should recognize that there may be limitations to the service that the airline can provide. However, it does not require that you purchase an extra seat automatically.
The airline has no policy whatsoever.
As with Southwest, passengers are encouraged to know their needs in advance. If staff members determine that two seats are required, the seat will be sold at the lowest possible fare, with a refund available if there is one or more open seats on the flight.
Passengers with “high body mass” may receive a 25 percent discount on an extra seat, knowing that if they choose not to buy the seat, they may risk not being able to fly.
You are required to buy a second seat, and there are no refunds.
The airline “works to accommodate” passengers with special needs. Upon request and availability, it will try to make sure the next seat is unoccupied. However, if the plane is full, you will most likely be asked to leave the flight and buy a second seat on the next available flight. (You can actually count on this being a fairly typical practice on most airlines.)
Okay, I’m not skinny but, I gotta tell you that I don’t want somebody else’s misfortune spilling over on to me while I fly. I hate the concept of flying too much to have to worry about squeezing into my space. I paid possibly the same as that person for the same amount of space. I can be sympathetic to the point where I feel taken advantage of.
Perhaps, walking would be the best option for all of us.