Portly Passenger Contained

December 2, 2009

in Portly Stories

I’m at the window. My wife is in the center and this large guy (about 350lbs) takes the aisle seat. Before he sits he reaches down and flips up the arm rester that will be between him and my wife who we’ll call Faye. He does this because he already knows he won’t fit into the standard seat. He plops down his bulk and as expected his flab is hanging over into my wife’s space. She says “excuse me” and snaps down the arm rester to try to give herself some relief from the excess flab. She says to him “I need this down.” He looks over and says “I’m contained” and crosses his arms across his chest. He kept his arms crossed over his chest for the whole flight. He still was too big for the seat; he seemed to flow over the arm rester. Airlines need to do something about this problem. Ever since that happened we now buy all 3 seats for the two of us. It’s worth it. It costs more but it gives you space to relax… try it.


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Josh December 3, 2009 at 4:09 am

Buing an extra seat is too expensive for most travelers. If you're flying alone, it would probably be cheaper to just pay for first class rather than buy a second seat.


Kiri the Can Opener February 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

Cutting down on the supersize servings at McFatburger would save the average porker enough to pay for that extra seat.. If you can't fit in one plane seat then buy two tickets or take the bus.


Serraglio April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Not sure what prices are where you live, but here even business class costs five times (or more) the price of coach.. (Which is also all that is available on domestic flights)


Jim December 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

If the plane is filled to capacity, will they allow your purchased seat to remain empty? A third discounted seat in coach, would most often be cheaper than two seats in first class….not a bad idea if it indeed works. But, somehow I bet the airline would take ownership of an empty seat, whether purchased or not.


DSD December 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

I'm pretty sure that if the flight is over booked you will find a passenger sitting in your extra seat. Nice idea though.


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