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United tells people they're too fat to fly

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by EStreetJoe, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Hopefully this isn't a d_b as a search came up empty. If you ever needed a reason to go on a diet, this might be it.


  2. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    I know I'm going to get killed for this...but, as a frequent flyer, I understand why this is being done.

    There is nothing worse than having someone next to you occupying half your seat.
  3. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    This wouldn't be an issue if they switched to bleacher benches.
  4. You don't have to be a frequent flyer to understand the logic here.
    Sit next to a fat person on a cramped-ass plane one time. Just one time.
  5. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    They've been talking about this on HLN all day, and most people seem to understand. The "ooh, that's discrimination" crowd has been fairly silent.

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with it. If it costs more to provide a service for someone because of their weight, then they should have to pay more for it.
  6. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    I don't really see anything wrong with this. If you take up more than your allotted space you pay for more.
  7. Trouser_Buddah

    Trouser_Buddah Active Member

    I had to fly from Alaska to Minneapolis with a 450-pound guy to my right with me in the window seat. A terrible experience, and one that leads me to say that I understand this policy.

    Yes, it's hard to tell someone they're too obese, but when they begin to compromise the experience for others, it becomes a logistics issue, in my book.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    It's not so much a weight issue as it is a girth issue.
  9. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    What if they're constantly getting up and down, and obscuring your view of the in-flight movie?
  10. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    As someone who was obese until a few months ago, this smacks of discrimination.
  11. Trouser_Buddah

    Trouser_Buddah Active Member

    So you feel it is fair to the person next to you on a flight if you take up half their seat and make the flying experience miserable for them?

    I don't see this as discrimination since there is an actual logistical reason behind the policy.
  12. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    How? I pay for a full seat and get squeezed because the guy next to me can't stay in between the arm rests?
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