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Dizzying Intellect » Two-Seaters

Two-Seaters

I have mixed feelings about the airlines’ policies about making very overweight people buy two seats if they can’t reasonably fit into one.

On one hand, it’s embarrassing and degrading to the passenger, which doesn’t exactly score maximum points in the Great Customer Service Handbook. And different planes and airlines have different sized seats, so overweight passengers often wouldn’t know until flight time whether they’d fit or not. Whole vacation itineraries would be thrown off, connecting flights and cruises missed, by the off-chance that a second seat wasn’t available.

Ideally, there should be some way to know in advance, I guess. A website that showed the seat sizes of different aircrafts and their girth allowance. Less pain and awkwardness for all involved, which the airlines clearly don’t care about.

On the other hand, I was wedged in next to a 300+ pound man on Tuesday, on a plane barely bigger than a winnebago. And I swear by all that’s holy, he bathed in Old Spice that morning. I’m still getting over the migraine. So right this moment? Not quite as sympathetic as I might have been last week.

2 Comments

  • By Desert Cat, April 16, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

    The alternative is, of course the industrial strength BO that big people tend to generate, even starting within moments after bathing.

    I’m with you on the pain-generating capacity of strong perfumes however. Most people really don’t get it, and some people truly believe that everyone within a 20-foot radius ought to be able to appreciate their perfume as much as they do.

    The “Violet Cloud of Death”, I call it.

  • By OrangeNeckInNY, April 16, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

    They should re-engineer plane bodies to be oval instead of cylindrical so that headroom loses 2 ft, but the body of the plane gets wider, thereby allowing for wider seats. This would maintain the existing weight of the plane body while increasing seated comfort. Who cares about 8 ft. ceiling heights when everyone’s already seated? If they need to get up to use the restroom, they’re just going to have to duck down a bit.

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