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SW airkines announces fat people will have to buy 2 seats!

SW airkines announces fat people will have to buy 2 seats!

Jun 20th, 2002, 07:39 AM
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First of all, I would like to say that I found the article Lou was referring to. I just couldn't find it anywhere yesterday.

Maybe this is totally unrelated, maybe not: Once I was in Busch Gardens in Tampa, waiting in line for Kumba (a roller coaster). There was this lady who just couldn't fit in the seat. They tried closing the safety restrains several times, but they just couldn't do it. This caused delays and embarassement for this lady, her party, and the people working at the loading station.

After that, I've seen that many roller coasters have a "sample seat" outside. If you are overweight, you may want to try that seat and see if you fit.

Couldn't they do something like that? When checking in, if a person looks like they will have trouble fitting in the seat, have them try these "sample seats". If they need two, they should pay two.
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 09:03 AM
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What an embarrassment for these people!! And who would want to be in the ticket agent's shoes passing judgment?! How arbitrary. I was trying to think of a just way of making the decision as to who has to buy two seats and could only think of that measuring device they use now for carry-on luggage...something like that for people? Gross. A "sample seat" sounds like a good solution.

I agree this has lawsuit written all over it. I can't imagine how they could get away with it! You know what will come next? ADA will come into play and they will *force* airlines to provide X number of over-sized seats for overweight passengers, which means airlines will fly with fewer seats per plane and we all know what that means.

I agree with xxx...my most uncomfortable flight ever was one seated next to an oblivious normal sized male whose legs were spread eagled into my space, whose elbows hung over both arm rests. I found my size 8 self glued to the side of the plane trying to avoid him. It was all I could do to keep my mouth shut the duration of the flight! Now who can legislate consideration for fellow passengers?
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 09:07 AM
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THANK YOU--THANK YOU---THANK YOU---SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, HOPEFULLY ALL OTHER CARRIERS WILL FOLLOW YOUR LEAD!!!!!!!!
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 09:12 AM
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Why should a lawsuit result from this? In some, few, isolated cases I'm sure that the obesity comes from biological reasons beyond control. In most of them it comes from an inadequate lifestyle. Why should anyone suffer the consequences of someone else's lifestyle decisions?

Nobody sued the airlines when they prohibited smoking. Sitting next to a large person is not only uncomfortable but it may also be a health hazard. Have you heard of DVT? Imagine sitting next to a 300 pound person on a 5 hour flight?

BTW, the science behind this is not as flimsy as the science behind second hand smoke...
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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What about airline employees who fly for free? My sis works for Cont in reservations. Wonder what will happen to her?
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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You know what I found to be funny? The local news station here in San Francisco interviewed a number of fliers at SFO about this issue. Every single thin person they interviewed thought it was "totally unfair" - I guess they didn't want to seem like jerks on television because you know that's not what they're thinking inside. I would have liked to have had the airline seat these people next to an obese person, then have the camera crew follow them on the plane and get their reaction when a 300 pound+ individual gets into the middle seat next to them and settles in for the five hour flight. Almost all of the people who were overweight said they thought it was fair. Interesting...
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 10:11 AM
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Don't you wish you could correct your heading after it posts? I know I've made typos in mine before too. Since yesterday every time I see that word "airkines" I just crack up.
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 10:13 AM
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If you are two fat people can you buy a third seat and share the middle seat for the overlap? That way you could split the cost of the extra space rather than both paying for whole seat. You probably only need a bit more space rather than an entire second seat!
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 10:14 AM
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as mentioned above, who the heck would want to be the southwest employee that tells someone they have to pay double cause their fat. while i agree with it, it is a lawsuit waiting to happen. but now a days EVERYTHING is a lawsuit for somebody.
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 10:14 AM
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Hey, why not charge parents of bratty children extra for the disturbance they cause other travelers? SW said the reason they were enforcing this rule is because of complaints. Maybe we can get them to have a section of the plane roped off for over-indulgent breeders and their annoying offspring!!
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 10:15 AM
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Oh, Kate!! Kiss me, you intolerant you. I think of SW, I see a combo Greyhound-Super 6 Motel with wings and a tail. And the passengers one would expect. Have you ever gone to an airport and not seen a huge crowd, monster line of just the most unwashed, unholy host in you life, waiting to check in their pillow cases and plastic go-go sacks at curbside, after alighting from a public bus! Can you imagine what a flight that must be!! And now SW has the nerve to administer a weigh-in, as though it's some boxing match. Hey, I got an idea - Mike Tyson may need a job - he could be SW's courtesy greeter, administering the fat test. If Big Mike can't stuff you into one of those baggage thingees, you buy two!
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 10:25 AM
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What if you're fat and you're traveling with Jack Sprat and he doesn't mind being "close to you"? You promise that he'll sit in the middle seat shielding the thrid party from the dreaded "overlap", do you still have to buy a second seat?
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 12:15 PM
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How cruel can you all be? no compassion for people no matter what size!!!! I am sadden by the remarks
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 01:54 PM
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So, if we are attributing SW's decision on the fact that over-breeding white-trash rednecks only fly Southwest we can assume that you only need to avoid flights to Orlando and Branson to make sure you get your fair amount of space!
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 02:08 PM
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to the top for sailor!
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 02:24 PM
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John, that was a good question - do they get 2 meals paying for 2 seats?

My question is: if somebody pays for 2 seats can they use the bathroom twice as long? Or take unused soap "to go" if they don't wash hands twice?
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 02:42 PM
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Sorry people of size. It was inevitable that this would happen.

My advice: Get on the Atkins diet...enjoy lots of red meat, chicken, butter, sour cream, eggs...lots o' protein (you can eat defenseless plants if you want to also) and you will lose the necessary weight so that you won't have to pay two for one.
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 03:00 PM
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Yes x, I do indeed wish that I could go back and change the title. In my haste to break this story to the Fodorites, I failed to see the error of my key-strokes. Everytime I see it, though, I whince in angst. < : - (
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 03:18 PM
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I sold a first class seat to a great dane named peter. The buyer said the second ticket was his boy "peter smith". Can you believe he was denied boarding!!??
 
Jun 20th, 2002, 03:23 PM
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My airline sold a first class seat to a pig. Passenger said the animal was a handi-pig. The FAA did not find it amusing and fined us big time.
 

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