Big Guy Fancies Furry Hat

December 27, 2007

in Portly Stories

Last month I was flying to Israel with my family on Continental Airlines. Since we are a family of 5, my son and I sat in the middle while my wife and 2 daughters sat across the aisle.

A man sat down next to my son who must have weighed at least 350 lbs. The man attempted to raise the common arm rest next to my son in order to get more room. In addition, he was ultra-religious wearing heavy clothing and had body odor. He also sat with a large fur hat in his lap the entire flight.

My son was forced to lean into me for the entire 11 hour flight. We tried to get the flight attendants to do something about the situation but they ignored me, my wife and my son.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe December 4, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Unfortunately there was not much the FA could have done. Though you and your son have rights and could have asked the gentleman to make an attempt to sit in his seat and not your son's.

I encountered a similar situation on a Continental flight and asked the overweight woman to move over a bit.

Yes, I got the cold shoulder but I got at least 805 of my seat.


chris geyer April 2, 2009 at 9:50 am

Jesus loves everyone. Including the man sitting next to you.


Mike April 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

I hate fat people


Jesus April 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

I hate fat people too


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

fat people hate themselves


34 April 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

What's the hat on his lap got to do with the story?


duh! April 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm

it was holding his furry hat…


34 April 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm



... April 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm

The hat was probably the type worn by orthodox jews in Israel. They are rather large, so it probably added to their discomfort…


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm

According to Continental's policy, if an individual cannot fit in a seat with the armrest down, then said individual is required to buy an additional seat or just hope to find 2 empty seats next to each other on the flight. If you complain to a FA before the flight takes off, then the FA is supposed to either help the obese individual find other seats, or remove the individual from the flight. If you wait until the flight is in the air, then there is not much the FAs can do.


kevin April 3, 2009 at 3:18 am

Try this: Look the obese person straight in the eyes and say "If we crash, I'm eating you first" A good way to make friends.


Kyle April 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

DEAD ( Died of a happy cuase)


jag April 3, 2009 at 7:27 am

Jesus hates fat, smelly, religious people who wear big, furry, orthodox hats and child molesters. I just got off the phone with him.


Hugh Jass April 5, 2009 at 3:55 am

How can someone wear a child molester?


Deanna April 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Arm rest stay down, unless with everyone's approval and permission. If I had been that dad, I would have said the arm rest needs to stay down, and changed seats to not have my child sit thigh to thigh with a stranger.


Rob April 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I missed something. What did ultra-religious have to do with the story?

Oh, wait. He was one of those barbarians who thinks a modern convenience is a sin on holy days. Gotta love those fools who think if it was written 6000 years ago it's automatically holy. Thing is, 6000 years ago they had a lot of space between houses, and didn't rub thigh skin on each other at 35,000 feet.

What the fuck was he doing flying?

On the BO grounds alone, which you must have noticed on second 1, I would have complained.


College Kid November 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

Fat people in America should be thrown into a giant blender and used to feed the starving people of Africa.

Less delicious than baby, but usefull none the less.


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