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Too Fat? Southwest Airlines Forces Hefty Frequent Flier to Buy Two Seats
Breitbart.tv ^ | 09/16/07

Posted on 09/16/2007 6:11:32 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70

“And the lady stops and says, ‘Sir, you need to have another ticket.’ And I said what for and she said, ‘because of your size.' I hate to admit it but I was in tears.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: airlines; fat; obese; obesity; southwestairlines; swa
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1 posted on 09/16/2007 6:11:35 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

In before the “I exercise at the gym four hours a day and have a perfect body” types show up.


2 posted on 09/16/2007 6:13:05 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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Ahh.... Southwest “Americas Airline” you couldn't pay me to fly with them
3 posted on 09/16/2007 6:13:48 PM PDT by cmsgop (Hillary's Milkshake is better than Your's, She could teach you, but you would rather go blind.......)
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I was on a flight to Nassau and I am glad the plan was empty because the woman who would have sat beside me took up about 25% of my seat.


4 posted on 09/16/2007 6:14:37 PM PDT by Perdogg (democrat party - the political wing of Al Qaeda.)
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To: MotleyGirl70
I can't wait til they charge supermodels double for distracting looks!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 09/16/2007 6:14:54 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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Too fat...too much skin...you just can’t win with this airline.


6 posted on 09/16/2007 6:15:49 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: MotleyGirl70

Couldn’t they just stow him below with the baggage?

Personally, I exercise at the gym four hours a day and have a perfect body.


7 posted on 09/16/2007 6:16:05 PM PDT by frankjr
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I think if a person fills two seats, they should buy two seats, if the plane is going to be full.

If it’s not, and there’s room to seat the passenger where he or she will not inconvenience someone else, I say no harm, no foul.


8 posted on 09/16/2007 6:16:29 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Why don’t they start charging by the weight or size? Makes sense. Airplanes have both weight and volume to contend with.


9 posted on 09/16/2007 6:17:25 PM PDT by Frohickey
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To: HungarianGypsy
Mr. Hill weighed 435 pounds.
10 posted on 09/16/2007 6:17:36 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (Waiting for Samson)
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To: frankjr

ROFL!! Thanks for the laugh.


11 posted on 09/16/2007 6:18:05 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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The overweight didn’t stand up for my right to smoke on the plane.


12 posted on 09/16/2007 6:19:01 PM PDT by mysterio
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So what should be the tipping point?


13 posted on 09/16/2007 6:20:05 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Frohickey
Why don’t they start charging by the weight or size? Makes sense. Airplanes have both weight and volume to contend with.

It might make sense if they sold variable size seats but with the current configuration it is reasonable to have an obese passenger who would intrude on their neighbor's seat space to purchase two seats.

14 posted on 09/16/2007 6:20:17 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (Waiting for Samson)
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To: Perdogg
Yup. If he was, say, slightly overweight 250# or so, I'd give him some sympathy. As it was, he was 435#. The Southwest standard that you have to be able to lower the armrest seems quite reasonable.

Either that or negotiate with a skinny person to pay for the 25% of your seat they are taking.

However, in the case of a 435# guy, I think they would be taking closer to 50%. Even Twiggy couldn't fit on half a seat.

15 posted on 09/16/2007 6:20:40 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: HungarianGypsy
I know I know. I know what you mean. I cannot get to the video but just going by the wording above - to me this is a nonstory. Frankly I thought it was standard procedure to require a big passenger to buy two seats. Or I guess even three or ten if necessary. So what. I don’t get the newsworthiness of this.
16 posted on 09/16/2007 6:20:54 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: cmsgop

Great! That means the seat you might have been in will be empty and I can slop over into it.


17 posted on 09/16/2007 6:21:11 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
So what should be the tipping point?

When they intrude on another passenger's seat, but the airline agent needs to make that judgment call before it happens. One can always try to avoid that possibility by managing their weight.

18 posted on 09/16/2007 6:22:24 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (Waiting for Samson)
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i’ve been stuck on the last row of a plane, aisle seat, while people waited to use the bathroom. you can’t believe the number of large fannies that were stuck in my face. i don’t think it’s fair if i have to be squashed bcause someone else eats too many cheetohs.


19 posted on 09/16/2007 6:22:58 PM PDT by wildwood
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To: mysterio
The overweight didn’t stand up for my right to smoke on the plane.

Nor should they. My company just paid $8000 for a last minute business class round trip ticket for me from Paris to New York (can you say, rip off?). For that kind of money, I shouldn't have to put up with a chain smoking 430 pound guy oozing over the armrest into my seat. If I'm wrong, please explain why.

20 posted on 09/16/2007 6:23:32 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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