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Posted on 11/30/2010 7:49:51 AM PST by KeyLargo
Brothers denied flight due to size Southwest Airlines kicks Chicago teens off flight because one was too big
9:41 PM CST, November 29, 2010
Two Chicago brothers say Southwest Airlines made things too difficult for them when it required one of them to buy a second ticket.
The twin brothers were headed to Minnesota to visit their aunt on Thanksgiving night when one of them was told he was too big to fit in a seat and needed a second ticket.
The 18-year-old brothers had no cash or credit cards on them so they called their aunt in Minnesota.
She tried to purchase the second ticket over the phone but with no luck. She was told because they couldn't verify that she was the person on the credit card they couldn't sell them the second ticket and would have to miss the flight.
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Reminds me of the story of the woman who had to be cut out of her house when she died, because she couldn’t fit through any door.
1. He didn’t really need a big thanksgiving dinner.
2. What he really needed to do was WALK to his aunt’s house... lose a few pounds that way.
Thanks Key Large-O. LOL!!!
I once had to sit next to this fat guy with really sweaty pits. He was so big that every time he relaxed, his sweaty pit pushed up against my shoulder. I had to keep telling him to stay off me. Disgusting.
A second seat would have been appropriate there.
Have no fear, the ACLU will bring suit and the Airlines will have to install XXL wide seats in all their planes.
Seems like nice kids but you can’t go on amusement rides if you don’t meet the requirements. The one thing I believe the airlines needs to do is have seats available in the main area BEFORE check in to see if you need to purchase an additional seat. Mrs. Obama is no where near the weight of the guy in question.
I looked at the article, I’ve see WAY bigger people than him get on an airplane! Granted, there are some who need to buy 2 seats, but I’ve also seen much bigger people try to squeeze their fat rears into a small airplane seat!
Why did Southwest end up apologizing, reimbursing them and giving them free tickets? Sounds like a company unwilling to support their own policy.
I wish that pictures had been posted too....I had to suffer with the Emmauel video too.....that was the worst part of the entire story. lol.
Has to do with Homeland security rules. A muslim terrorist could use another persons card to help hide his identity.
I once had to sit on a CRJ next to an obese teen girl. She was nice but was so big we couldn’t put up the armrest between us and her fat rolls landed in my lap.
Fortunately one seat was available when everyone finished boarding and I jumped on it complaining that I needed to stretch my legs. I guess I’m nice like that but I’m sure she knew why.
Oh, please—Southwest is a MEAN BULLY because this man is TOO BIG for a seat and their policy (which has been around for how long? YEARS??) is that he would need to purchase another seat so he would fit! Oh, the HUGH MANATEE!!!! :-O
Yeah, whoever checked them in screwed up, but the drama the news team is projecting?? None there, because they got where they wanted to go.
I’m wondering if the bus company made him pay for an extra seat...
Pity the poor minorities of America. They are starving in the streets because of Bush & Cheney & etc.
Because the airline denied their aunts purchase of an additional ticket, which was plane stoopid.
The only thing worse than sitting next to a fat, perspiring, smelly Goodyear blimp on a airplane is sitting next to someone with a crying, pooping baby. My idea of hell has change over the years. And I long ago started complaining. If I can't get an upgrade, I demand that they seat me next to a normal person.
If you watch the video, one of the brother’s says that the airlines said something about “fraud.”
Travel agent takes hit for fraudulent credit card booking
“I guess Im nice like that but Im sure she knew why”
Dude. People worry WAAAYY too much about crap. I can’t believe you had that little worry floating around your head all this time. This is why we have liberalism. It’s an extension of worrying WAAAYY too much about crap like that.
We need some kind of training system to get that crap out of people. Seriously.
A guy next to me in a class stank of B.O recently. I kept edging my chair away from him. I HOPE he knew why. BE NORMAL. It’s an AWESOME policy.
If that lady knew how disgusting she was, it would motivate her, rather than tiptoeing around her telling her it’s OK she is a whale.
I have often wondered if, after the plane is in the air, the pilots notice the thing flying lopsided or something and
then have to trim it by transferring fuel from one wing to the other.
“Umm...Hey Bob.. do a cheeseburger trim for the right side”.
As opposed to buying a disposable credit card at a drug store or just walking up to the counter and paying cash.
Again, she was a sweet young teen girl. She had enough emotional crap to deal with than for me to push her over the edge and make her cry the whole flight.
If it were a smelly fat dude I would have not been so nice.
Quick, somebody tell gunner somebody cut off his legs.
Which one is the aunt? Is she the one in the front on the computer?
I get that.
BUT you put up with rolls of fat landing on you. Dude!
I swear on the tombstone of european man it will “cause of death: overly nice”
Kindness and liberalism are not the same thing. TSgt did the right thing by being kind to this overweight teenage girl. You can blame the girl for causing her own problem by overeating, but the girl probably already hates herself and likely was embarassed for the whole flight. Expressing disgust might motivate her to change...or to jump off a bridge.
Off to reeducation camp for you!! How dare you substitute common sense for government rules and procedures! You must be one of those TEA party people.
Capitol Steps had a song way back to the tune of “Lyin’ Eyes” by the Eagles: “You can’t fly/With giant thighs/If you must, we’ll supersize...”
I’m 285 pounds, 5’9”, and have never had a problem with Southwest myself. I fit, at least.
We were told that we had to show a driver’s license to board a plane. That would make us safer.
Had to do it since the 1980s. Except that was something the airlines wanted so that you would not buy a discount roundtrip fare ticket and sell one way passage on it to save even more money. I once flew a one way trip on a roundtrip ticket (did nothing with the rest) because the one way fare was hiked up that much. And then they OVERSELL the seats on a plane (hey, can I get “standing room only?”).
Didn’t make us one bit safer on 9-11-2001.
Additionally, there have been several notable cases where DMV workers knowingly provided legitimate driver’s license IDs to illegal alien middle easterners AFTER 9-11 in exchange for payment to look the other way and approve some documentation. One was murdered within 3 days of her arrest in the plot.
We should be showing internationally recognized passports or nothing at all to board domestic flights. Ask for the credit card when you pick up your ticket but nothing else.
And they know who I am when I buy the ticket on line?
The name on the ticket would match the CC.
I've bought tickets for my wife with her name on the ticket and mine on the card. My folks bought us gift tickets and often buy a ticket for my grandmother when she flies with them. I've even had a ticket transfered from my mom to me as a gift.
Doesn't matter who bought it, as long as the person using it matches ID to the name on the ticket.
HELP YOU MAKE IT TO YOUR FLIGHT - Buck Howdy
I’ve got nothing against fat people. Some of my best friends are fat people.
But I don’t want to be squeezed between 2 fat people in a center seat on an airline. Ever tried it?