Skip to comments.New Photo Brings Flying Overweight Debate Back
Posted on 12/03/2009 1:46:28 PM PST by thefactor
There's been much debate about how to handle overweight passengers on flights. While some airlines may charge for an extra seat, not all do and now a flight attendant allegedly snapped a photo on an American Airlines flight (destination and take-off point unknown), which of course has been leaked to the press.
A Flight Global blog got a hold of the photo, which they say the attendant took to "show her manager what was happening on the aircraft and why she was unhappy about it. Seems the guy paid for only one seat and the gate staff let him board."
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The poor armrest!
This was up earlier too. It went too quickly for me to get in that I checked the actual blog in question. At the time the pic was taken, the flight was still boarding. The man was eventually seated across two seats in the row right behind where he is in the pic.
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I see a capitalist opportunity. Airlines for fat people.. Someone out there has the capital....
I RARELY complain about duplicate posts but this same thing has been posted every day this week. Perhaps its just the different titles so it doesn’t show up on searches.
First time I have seen the article and I am on FR daily.
i searched far and wide. thats the problems with blogs. they are all different titles! but this is an actual publication so i thought i was safe. oopsie.
If you think flight attendants have it bad, think about the paramedics who have to get these people to the hospital. And the facilities at the hospital are often not up to the challenge of dealing with the arrival of the patient.
Shouldn’t the airline have the right to take the large customer’s money as well as yours? If you don’t like it shouldn’t *you* be the one to take your money elsewhere?
If the airline does not provide a seat which can accommodate the paid passenger’s size is that the fault of the large person or the airline?
A standard backrest in coach measures 17.5 inches.
According to this picture, this man has a shoulder span of ~35 inches.
So, no matter how fat or thin he is; his shoulders are so wide that no matter what he weighed, he wouldn’t fit in the seat.
Now, being fat is entirely his fault (personal responsibility, folks). However, he has no control over how wide his shoulders are, which is directly a function of his bone structure. That, he cannot help.
It has a different title.
The guy next to him has reclined his seat. A real no no for a lot of people in this world and on this forum.
Airlines should charge by total weight, passenger and lugagge. There would be no more dithering and figuring on charges for infants, fat people, extra bags etc. Just you and your bags -302.5 pounds at $x per 100 miles per pound =$xxx.xx. Airlines would then compete on the per pound rate. Total weight and distance are the variables that determine an airlines’ operating costs. The fixed costs would, of course, be figured into that per pound.
the trouble is you can never tell what keywords people will put in their post. don't worry about complaining about duplicate posts. i do it all the time!
yeah i just saw it. see post #17. tough to guess what keywords people put into their posts. oh well.
I have a few friends that are EMTs, and all of them have war stories about our larger brothers and sisters.
It is perfectly alright to post an article that has been posted already. There are over 300,000 registered FReepers who come and go at different times with different interests.
It’s only when there are simultaneous multiple postings of the same article that there is ever a problem. That’s not the case here, I don’t think. If there is another one posted then it proves my point. I saw one this morning but not now and now I have different views to post.