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#16 Lex

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:55 PM


The suit doesn't seek money damages, merely asks that Southwest do a better job of informing large folks of the extra seat requirement when they actually reserve the seat.

Again (I find this discussion pretty hysterical), how did this passenger imagine that she could fit in the seat?

Fitting into the seat is only half the problem. Even if she managed to wedge herself in when the plane arrived at its destination they'd need the jaws of life to get her out.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

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"People of size"? Is that really a term people use?


Not real people, but the HR people use it, along with "people of color" and various other terms.

Southwest Airlines uses the term "Customers of Size" to describe supersized folks:


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:12 PM

i don't find it difficult to believe that there may be significant public humiliation involved in this. people may be obese but not know whether they will fit into an airline seat. to have someone eyeball them in public and tell them that they're too large and have to pay for an extra seat (which they may not be in a position to do, but now they're at the airport ready to start a trip) can indeed be unpleasant. what's the downside to drawing people's attention to it at the time of purchase?

(and why don't airlines do something for/about over-tall freaks like stone who get in everyone's way and stick their legs into the row in front of them? and people like beanboy with crippling halitosis?)

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:17 PM

(snip)

"People of size"? Is that really a term people use?


Not real people, but the HR people use it, along with "people of color" and various other terms.

Southwest Airlines uses the term "Customers of Size" to describe supersized folks:

How about Jumbo Jetsetters?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:32 PM

I once took a puddle-jumper from New York to Vermont, and they weighed everyone on a cargo scale before they let them onto the plane.

THAT was humiliating. (I made it on.)
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:46 PM

Everyone should be required, by law, to wear a tag which prominently displays their weight and measurements

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:47 PM

(snip)

"People of size"? Is that really a term people use?


Not real people, but the HR people use it, along with "people of color" and various other terms.

Southwest Airlines uses the term "Customers of Size" to describe supersized folks:

It's really people of girth.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:50 PM

i don't find it difficult to believe that there may be significant public humiliation involved in this. people may be obese but not know whether they will fit into an airline seat. to have someone eyeball them in public and tell them that they're too large and have to pay for an extra seat (which they may not be in a position to do, but now they're at the airport ready to start a trip) can indeed be unpleasant. what's the downside to drawing people's attention to it at the time of purchase?

(and why don't airlines do something for/about over-tall freaks like stone who get in everyone's way and stick their legs into the row in front of them? and people like beanboy with crippling halitosis?)

I understand that it might be uncomfortable, but then don't be obese and flying as if it doesn't inconvenience the people sitting next to you. Southwest's rule came about not because the CEO hates fat people. And I can't imagine moving the decision to point of purchase as people could just not say they're obese and then what?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:22 PM

Everyone should be required, by law, to wear a tag which prominently displays their weight and measurements


that could crimp their Facebook profiles and JDate, eHarmony, etc

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:53 PM

Most fat people are in denial about how fat they are.

I certainly am.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:06 PM

I'm not. I'm chubby, and I have a high percentage of body fat. I can still fit in an airplane seat without my neighbour being forced to touch my rolls, but on a teeny propeller plane, I was once asked to switch seats with someone who appeared lighter than I (there were other people on my side who were larger than I). It happens. I'm not embarrassed by my chubbiness. It's my own fault, after all.

(If I were obese, I might feel differently, but alas, I am merely chubby. )

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:14 PM


Everyone should be required, by law, to wear a tag which prominently displays their weight and measurements


that could crimp their Facebook profiles and JDate, eHarmony, etc

i believe in truth in advertising.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:46 PM

I think if airlines just put the seat dimensions on their reservation page, that would take care of it. You measure your ass across, sitting down and that's the end of it.
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#29 splinky

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:51 PM

sadly, more than just people's asses hang over the seat dividers.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:52 AM

I once took a puddle-jumper from New York to Vermont, and they weighed everyone on a cargo scale before they let them onto the plane.

THAT was humiliating. (I made it on.)

We took a flight from La Guardia to Maine once. The very skinny female flight attendant had to walk sidewise holding her tummy in to walk down the aisle.
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