Re: Appalled by United Airlines Obesity Policy
by Fifty Five - Posted Sun July 12, 2009 @ 8:15 PM
I fly a lot. And as a 138 pound female, I have had just about every sized person sit next to me.
While I feel it is unhealthy to be obese, I respect a person's right to weigh whatever they like.
Where I have a problem is when an obese person squeeeeeeeeeeeeeezes the armrest down and pours over AND under the armrest taking up 1/3 of my seat. I am being sat on, squashed and within 15 minutes...they are sweating on me to the point where my side is actually WET. I was disgusted, and feeling assaulted. This fat person did not care how they were treating me. I was just a Bag O' Bones to them. They did not ask me if they could sit on me, they just DID it.
And the idea that the obese "didn't know" how small the seats were when they got on is a load of crap. It's been all over the news, and the vast majority of these people HAVE flown before. But the minute someone says anything to them, they CLAIM it's the first time they've flown. It's a load of crap.
Since the obese seem to think it's discriminatory, I think a better way to handle this is to have those who pour over and under the armrests sit next to each other, so they can experience first hand what it's like to be sat on, squashed, sweat on and suffocated.
Then I can enjoy my flight AND the seat I paid for.
And one more thing... the idea that a 400 pound person shouldn't have to pay more for the second seat is like that same person going into a clothing store and buying a one-size-fits-all shirt (you know the ones that fit 90% of the population!)and telling the clerk that they should give them half of another shirt for free because there's not enough material to cover their 400 pound carcass.
Just because I'm scrawny doesn't give you the right to disrespect me OR take up my seat space.