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KLM seat width: 17.5" - but my butt/thighs are 20"

KLM seat width: 17.5" - but my butt/thighs are 20"

Mar 13th, 2013, 09:58 AM
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KLM seat width: 17.5" - but my butt/thighs are 20"

I sat down on a flat tape measure and my middle age spread sadly spread out to 20". Seats are 17.5".. Now what?

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Mar 13th, 2013, 12:25 PM
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Two words. Business class.
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Mar 13th, 2013, 01:06 PM
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In addition to Business Class, you could look at booking a second Economy Class ticket. It would be cheaper than a Business Class seat. Just don't book via a website - you'll need to call one of KLM's agents to make the booking, so that it's recorded in their computers that the second seat was purchased for size reasons).
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Mar 13th, 2013, 01:32 PM
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One word. Exercise.
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Mar 13th, 2013, 01:51 PM
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I'm a size 12 and I'm 6' tall. Not exactly model material, but I'm not classified as "obese". Perhaps I measured wrong.

I certainly don't need a second seat or seat belt extender.

I was just wondering if it would be uncomfortable.
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Mar 13th, 2013, 02:01 PM
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Which airline? If it's United, go for Economy Plus.
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Mar 13th, 2013, 02:32 PM
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There are very few airlines that offer any kind of economy + with seats wider than regular economy.

Have you recently (last 2-3 years) flown on another aircraft?

Check its width. You might be surprised to see that you do fit, as the measurement is kinda weird if you ask me.

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Mar 13th, 2013, 02:36 PM
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springfling, everyone else your size manages to fit in the seat, apparently without grave disruption to their insides, and you'll readily be able to do the same.

(As for Underhill's unfortunate response: United's E+ seats are precisely the same width as their regular economy seats.)
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Mar 13th, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Ok, so if my friend who weighs 60lbs more and is a size 20 can fit without a problem, and doesn't need a seat belt extender, I'll be fine.

My husband thinks I'm being nuts. He may be right

How do you even measure yourself for those seats??
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Mar 13th, 2013, 07:57 PM
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springfling,

You really don't. Ya pays your money and ya takes your chances.

I'm not exactly svelte, and I can fit in economy just fine. I've never had a seat belt extender.

However, I do save my pennies and my points for an upgrade. After over a million miles with AA, I've sat in just about everything.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 01:45 AM
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Get a window or aisle seat. You can shift a little to the left or right to give you a bit more room. Are you travelling alone or with a partner? If you're with a partner you can lift the middle arm ever so slightly, so that only you notice to give yourself room.

I am sure I have travelled with a butt the same size. You're not huge. You'll be fine I am sure.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 09:59 AM
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Do they still make girdles?

Seriously, assuming you travel with your husband, get abutting seats and raise the arm between them to get a few more inches. My observation is that getting into the seat is not a problem; getting out is a challenge to many wide people.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 12:33 AM
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Feet swell during flight, maybe butts do too
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Mar 15th, 2013, 10:13 AM
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The thought never crossed my mind, honestly.
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Mar 16th, 2013, 02:06 PM
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One word. Spanx
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Mar 17th, 2013, 01:35 AM
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Suze's... I've sat on an office chair and seen if I 'hung over' the edge then measured the width of the seat to see if I was in danger.
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