Skip to comments.Another Too-Fat-To-Fly Controversy Hits Southwest Airlines
Posted on 05/19/2011 8:19:16 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Southwest Airlines has apologized to a mother and daughter who said they got rough treatment at the airport.
Kenlie Tiggeman, a 30-year-old political strategist and weight loss blogger in New York City, said it was humiliating, being told she was too fat to fly, reports CBS 2s John Slattery.
It was rude. It was in front of lots of people, said Tiggeman, whos originally from New Orleans.
Tiggeman said the incident happened in Dallas over Easter. She and her mother were told by a gate agent they each had to purchase two seats.
And said that we were, in fact, too fat to fly, without an additional ticket, Tiggeman said.
A 268 pound female weight loss blogger? Bwahahahahahaha. I'm sure she's a certified fitness instructor too.
For Chris Christie?
Considering she started at 393...
I'd hit it.
I'd hit it.
I'd hit it.
The question is whether she fit in the aisle.
Yeah....she’s still to fat to fly in one seat. Just buy a seat for each butt cheek or put the fork down....your call.
Just put them in cargo.
Hit it with what?
That doesn't count. You'd hit a lubricated oven mitt. We need a bit more objective opinion.
NO FAT CHICKS!
Support physical fitness ... Charge by the pound.
I feel sorry for this person but people have to stop pretending outrage at this common-sense rule. I know she wouldn’t fit in the regular seats at Fenway Park in Boston, so she would be able to get a special seat with others who cannot navigate the baseball park easily.
Don’t journalists have anything better to focus on? Oh, wait, Michelle Obama has this vendetta against obesity... better look good, you journalist minions.
It’s about width, not weight.
Airlines are selling space, and customers should have to buy however much they will use, like cellphone minutes.
Five pounds of flour.
I understand the need for the airlines to get as many passengers on board as possible, but honestly ... the seats are small. I’m 6’ and 165lbs and I find the seats to be narrow and legroom to be minimal at best. I can’t imagine being even slightly overweight and trying to sit comfortably on a plane.
Don’t blame journalists. This story is a result of two women throwing a hissy fit and blaming the airline for their own problem.
It’s a legitimate issue.
She says she can fit in the seat.
Um, K ...
coach seat is 17 INCHES wide per normal.
Was she coach or first class?
Sure she can wedge in, but how much does she overlap into my ‘space’?
The arm rests MUST be down for take off and landing, so the fatties can’t try that angle anymore.
FWIW, I fly pretty much EVERY week. I have seen fat folks wedge themselves in a seat, and the effect is that of squeezing a water balloon — they can’t go bodily wide, so their posterior gets ‘squooze’ UP. They end up sitting really high in the seat, ‘cuz the compression of their posterior lifts their torso up. They sit oddly high in the seat and must one or TWO seat belt extensions.
I don’t mean to pick on them or ridicule them — just point out that their form factor DOES NOT readily conform to the standard coach environment in a SINGLE seat.
I can sympathize because I am tall and broad-shouldered. My knees go up against the seat in front, and my shoulders don’t fit left to right in the allotted 17 or so inches. I sit on the aisle in coach, or first class. (Yes, I am one of THOSE multi-million milers, spoiled, pampered flying snobs ... but I help travel noob on a weekly basis)
Travel tip for the wide — an upgrade to domestic business class on leisure airlines like AirTran costs LESS than buying two seats, is more comfy, better served, and less embarrassing.
It was rude and wrong. Since that airline only flies 737s with 3-3 seating configuration, they should have been allowed to split 3 seats between the two of them instead of being forced to buy 2 seats each.
Muscle weights more than fat.
It’s not about weight, but width. A tall person can weigh 250 but be slim and fit in the seat. (Personal knowledge here!) He’ll have to deal with legroom issues, but that’s not something he can control, unlike obesity.
I’d pay for extra legroom.
See... its not too bad.
Have you ever had the misfortune of sitting next to a tubber? You have to stick your arms straight down at your sides because they need both arm rests. The seats are small to begin with for anyone except kids and midgets.
Do the math....That armrest is gonna disappear!
She’s too fat to fly even with 2 seats!!!
Put on a burka and go hide from public!
save a whale, harpoon a fat chick!
I hate sitting next to obese, super-sized strangers on a flight.
Even if they can “fit” (read: squeeze) into the seat, the spillover means HOURS of constant, miserable contact with their blubbery body and excess body heat. What about my right to protection from the uncomfortable, sweaty, icky intimacy of a complete stranger?
Buy two seats or stay home, I say.
They probably should consider an initial “weight allowance” for each ticket, then charge extra for every pound by which the initial allowance is exceeded.
But that doesn’t help with seating. Need a charge for extra large “butt prints,” too.
Kind of pretty face but you’d have to roll her in flower and look for the wet spot!
I do give her credit for losing nearly 140 lb.
“you’d hit a lubricated oven mitt.”
Actually,Laz would be better off hitting the oven mitt.At least it won’t tell the neighbors.
You’ve got ole Laz pegged, haven’t you? LOL!
Southwest now owns AirTran. They might do away with the biz class seats. I travel a lot too, am pampered by the airlines, 150,000 miles a year in the air, yet, at 6 ft tall 230 (a little overweight at the belly but by no means obese) some of the biz class seats are a bit narrow for me. I fit, but I can sometimes feel the sides. They are made like car racing seats, unlike the bench seating in coach.
There is no way that gal in the pictures above will fit in a CRJ even in biz class. She would be more comfy buying 2 seats in coach. I was just on a 767-300 in biz class and she would not have fit because of the built in tray table and audio-visual units (newer planes have the AV on the seatback but many pop up from the center console between the two seats). I have more sympathy for the genetically large (eg tall people, Samoans, etc) but life isn’t fair. Some airlines like Jet Blue have extra legroom seats and they cost more, but tall people almost have to buy them or suffer quietly. Fat people, unfortunately, cause other people to suffer and that is why they should be required to buy 2 seats, unlike tall people who can choose to torture themselves.
Stop telling the truth about me!
Whatcha doin’ these days, big guy?
Is that a high-class way of saying you favor prostitution?
With what, a foot-long sub?
Working to prevent the Zombie Apocalypse, of course! Down here in Hotlanta GA.....How’re you, sweety?
I don’t think it’s quite a foot long, but sure.
Worst seat in the air is a 737-200, coach, configured for short haul, with fixed arm rests.
Next is the 757 short haul.
The CRJs can be punishing, but they also add the insult of a HARD seat bottom.
I can schedule around the smallest CRJs, and usually find at least a Mad Dog 88. Some of the newer RJs flown by Pinnacle and ASA are pretty roomy - at least in the exit aisle.
I am a touch over 6’4” and on the high side of 235. I feel your pain.
The biz class seats with the seat-fitted entertainment units are kinda narrow, I agree. 777 biz class is my fave for cross country flights.
p.s. I don’t fly Air Tran ‘cuz I am pampered by Delta and American. No need to get on a leisure airline ;-)