I found this a bit awkward as I've never experienced it before.... We were on a flight to Sydney not long ago, and a large man sat in front of us.... and then a couple turned up who were supposed to sit next to him..... and as he was obviously a larger man and took up a bit of space in the next seat, the other man went off his tree.... literally.... and got really rude about it and nasty. They ended up moving the large man to the back of the plane, but this man was saying "'he should be paying for 2 seats, not 1''!.... I cringed, I really did... What does anyone think of this?
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24-04-2012 12:47 #1Senior Member
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Larger people on planes...
24-04-2012 12:54 #2
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24-04-2012 12:55 #3Our family is complete!
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That's awful. That poor man to be treated like a second class citizen due to his size.
A flight from Brisbane to Sydney only takes an hour...just deal with the fact that you'll have a little bit less room than you might if a smaller sized person is sitting next to you and shut up about it. Respect the other person and be considerate of their dignity...they're my thoughts.
You can't charge someone for an extra seat when they are one person. Those seats aren't very big. I'm very smalled framed but at 5'8" my legs get really uncomfortable and I generally utilise DH's space to make myself more comfortable....not many people comfortably fit in a plane seat so you can't start charging extra.
24-04-2012 12:57 #4Senior Member
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I feel for both in this situation. Some people literally ARE the width of two plane seats, I don't think it's fair that a person should have to sit basically on this person's lap because planes haven't fixed their seats to fit modern bodies.
In saying that, he is one person so he's paid for one ticket/seat on the plane.
It's the airways that need to change the seats.
24-04-2012 12:58 #5
Oh how horrible. I really feel for the man, that would have been humiliating
The nasty, rude guy should have had a quiet word to the hostess, and not have made such a public fuss. Surely it's not so hard to have a little compassion in life.
I understand that it would be annoying to have only a percentage of your seat, in an already tight spot. Those seat spaces really are small! But I'd hate to see people paying for 2 seats instead of one cause of their size. Dunno, just doesn't sit well with me.
24-04-2012 12:59 #6Senior Member
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My sister was seated next to a morbidly obese man..half hanging over her seat on the way back from LA..worst flight ever..she wrote a letter to Qantas..got the return airfare refunded (she flys a lot with qantas)..
If they are half over your seat (which you have paid for ) then something needs to be done..(not in front of the person though)
the seats are going to have to be made larger ..
24-04-2012 13:00 #7
A weight loss surgery group I'm a part of has mentioned this recently... one member was thrilled he could finally sit comfortably in a plane seat. Lots of people with weight issues simply avoid flying so they never have to deal with this kind of thing.
I find it really really sad.
In all honesty, I think plane seats are incredibly tiny and they need to cater for everyone. A person, IMO, need not pay more simply because they accommodate more space than the average person will. I think it's hideous to suggest they do...
ETA - I do think there needs to be larger seating available for those who need it. Sometimes it's obese people, sometimes it's mothers with babies on their laps or pregnant women, or people with a disability which requires then to have greater room than you generally get. All people should be treated fairly.
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24-04-2012 13:02 #8
It's a no win situation. If it was a short flight then I guess I would suck it up but I would be speaking to a flight attendant if it was a longer flight, although I wouldn't speak to the flight attendant in front of the larger person.
If you need to put the arm rest up in order to sit in the seat, then something needs to be done.
24-04-2012 13:06 #9
Even when I was a size 16-18 I was squeezing it in. Airplane seating is designed to pack in as many passengers as they can to increase profit and it's disgusting! Especially on long flights they need to make the seats at least the size of a normal freaking seat!
24-04-2012 13:06 #10
It's awful not to be comfortable when flying but I wouldn't have been rude like that. One flight I was on, the air hostess was a large lady to the point she kept knocking everyone whilst walking down the isle so everyone was making the effort to not use the arm rests including myself. I made a complaint to the airline about it. They gave me a voucher towards another flight. This is what I would have done in this situation also. Or at least spoken discreetly to the air hostesses asking for another seat.
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