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Brothers denied flight due to size
WGN TV ^ | November 29, 2010 | Lourdes Duarte

Posted on 11/30/2010 7:49:51 AM PST by KeyLargo

WGN

Brothers denied flight due to size Southwest Airlines kicks Chicago teens off flight because one was too big

Lourdes Duarte

WGN News

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at wgntv.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: airline; large; obese; seat


1 posted on 11/30/2010 7:49:58 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

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.


2 posted on 11/30/2010 7:53:51 AM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: KeyLargo

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.


3 posted on 11/30/2010 7:54:43 AM PST by samtheman
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To: KeyLargo
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
That makes no sense at all. WTH does the airline care whose card it is as long as it's valid?
4 posted on 11/30/2010 7:56:10 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: KeyLargo

Thanks Key Large-O. LOL!!!


5 posted on 11/30/2010 7:56:12 AM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: KeyLargo

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.


6 posted on 11/30/2010 7:56:35 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: KeyLargo

Have no fear, the ACLU will bring suit and the Airlines will have to install XXL wide seats in all their planes.


7 posted on 11/30/2010 7:57:07 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: KeyLargo

Be thankful for the picture, I had to watch a Rahm for Mayor political video to get it.
8 posted on 11/30/2010 7:57:07 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: KeyLargo

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.


9 posted on 11/30/2010 7:57:43 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: KeyLargo

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!


10 posted on 11/30/2010 7:58:29 AM PST by blondee123 (IMPEACH THEM ALL! FREEDOMS SLIPPING AWAY DAILY!)
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To: KeyLargo

Why did Southwest end up apologizing, reimbursing them and giving them free tickets? Sounds like a company unwilling to support their own policy.


11 posted on 11/30/2010 7:59:06 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: TSgt

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.


12 posted on 11/30/2010 7:59:27 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: oh8eleven
That makes no sense at all. WTH does the airline care whose card it is as long as it's valid?

Has to do with Homeland security rules. A muslim terrorist could use another persons card to help hide his identity.

13 posted on 11/30/2010 7:59:46 AM PST by hoyt-clagwell (5:00 AM Gym Crew)
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To: bolobaby

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.


14 posted on 11/30/2010 8:00:08 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: KeyLargo

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...


15 posted on 11/30/2010 8:01:48 AM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: TSgt

Pity the poor minorities of America. They are starving in the streets because of Bush & Cheney & etc.


16 posted on 11/30/2010 8:02:19 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass
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To: Hacklehead

Because the airline denied their aunts purchase of an additional ticket, which was plane stoopid.


17 posted on 11/30/2010 8:04:15 AM PST by fml
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To: KeyLargo
So Southwest apologizes to them! What a load. Southwest saved at least one poor soul from HAVING TO SIT NEXT TO THAT for an entire flight. The brothers should be turned over to Michelle Obama for re-education.

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.

18 posted on 11/30/2010 8:05:12 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: oh8eleven

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

http://www.prlog.org/11003416-review-of-cell-phone-verification-by-telesign.html


19 posted on 11/30/2010 8:06:44 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: samtheman

20 posted on 11/30/2010 8:07:34 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: TSgt

“I guess I’m nice like that but I’m 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.

Be normal.


21 posted on 11/30/2010 8:07:56 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass
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To: KeyLargo; Revolting cat!
Midgets fly free with accompanying adult!


22 posted on 11/30/2010 8:08:28 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: KeyLargo

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”.


23 posted on 11/30/2010 8:08:44 AM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: hoyt-clagwell
A muslim terrorist could use another persons card to help hide his identity.

As opposed to buying a disposable credit card at a drug store or just walking up to the counter and paying cash.

24 posted on 11/30/2010 8:10:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

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.


25 posted on 11/30/2010 8:10:53 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

LOL!


26 posted on 11/30/2010 8:11:25 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; TheMom; Allegra

Quick, somebody tell gunner somebody cut off his legs.


27 posted on 11/30/2010 8:18:07 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: TSgt

Which one is the aunt? Is she the one in the front on the computer?


28 posted on 11/30/2010 8:19:08 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: TSgt

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”


29 posted on 11/30/2010 8:23:23 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass
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To: Christian Engineer Mass; TSgt

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.


30 posted on 11/30/2010 8:29:50 AM PST by Texan Tory
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To: a fool in paradise
As opposed to buying a disposable credit card at a drug store or just walking up to the counter and paying cash.

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.

31 posted on 11/30/2010 8:38:00 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: pillut48

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.


32 posted on 11/30/2010 8:38:00 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


33 posted on 11/30/2010 8:45:40 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: hoyt-clagwell
Has to do with Homeland security rules. A muslim terrorist could use another persons card to help hide his identity.

And they know who I am when I buy the ticket on line?

34 posted on 11/30/2010 8:48:55 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: IYAS9YAS
And they know who I am when I buy the ticket on line?

The name on the ticket would match the CC.

35 posted on 11/30/2010 8:52:48 AM PST by hoyt-clagwell (5:00 AM Gym Crew)
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To: hoyt-clagwell
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.

36 posted on 11/30/2010 9:03:41 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: a fool in paradise

HELP YOU MAKE IT TO YOUR FLIGHT - Buck Howdy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a8jGVXOMsw


37 posted on 11/30/2010 11:07:16 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: TSgt

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?


38 posted on 11/30/2010 1:12:10 PM PST by samtheman
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