Squeezed In The Middle

May 27, 2008

in Portly Stories

I was on an eight hour plane ride with a group from school. Our teachers had told us that one or two people wouldn’t be seated with the rest of the group, and of course me and my friend got to be those lucky two. Our seats were the middle two in a row of four. There were two huuuggge people on either side of us, on the aisle seats. We weren’t even able to put down the armrests because they wouldn’t have been able to fit. They weren’t together or anything, just two unrelated people.

The man next to me fell asleep four hours into the ride and he decided to lay down and put his butt on my seat. I had to share a seat with my friend for four hours, who didn’t have much room herself because of the woman next to her. Oh, and the woman she was sitting next to would just randomly start grunting every few minutes. It was awful.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

me April 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

ha! the grunting part made me laugh. sorry to hear about your troubles though.


Monkey April 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Wow, I bet you feel superior now. Too bad your flaws aren't so evident that those around you can ridicule you for them. I'm *so* glad I am not you.


Sarah April 3, 2009 at 1:03 am

This is absurd. The airline shoudl have done something to accomodate you and your friend. Not only is it uncomfortable in an already uncomfortable situation- flying is never THAT comfortable, but it also seems there would be some sort of safety issue of being virtually blocked into your row. Not to get on an obesity rant, but the purchase of an extra seat in these cases should be more enforced.


Me April 4, 2009 at 3:51 am

A very similar incident happened to me when I was in college and taking a flight from Florida to New York. I had a middle seat and had two sadly HUGE people on either side of me in an already cramped plane. I'm sorry to be so rude, but their sides quite literally melted over both armrest and my shoulders to my own waste was glued to them both the entire journey. I almost through up. They might have been perfectly nice people, but personal space is valuable to me. It is incidents like these that make airlines consider charging overweight people for two seats. As unfair as that may sound, it is equally unfair to the people who are NOT infringing on anyone else's personal space.


Rob April 25, 2009 at 3:48 pm

How can one not be aware that their stretched skin is flowing over someone else?

Answer: They are aware. They just don't care unless you push back.

A little 'Get this fat fuck out of my seat' might get you thrown off the plane, but heard often enough, might result in some changes to air travel requirements.

Several commuter jets have gone down in the last 10 years because the average weight of adults is about 50 pounds more than that used in calculations for lift-off.

WEIGH every adult prior to departure. Regardless of how one carries the fat, over 220? Pay for another seat.

My complete lack of sympathy for fatness was generated by too many fat people wilfully ignorant of how they caused me physical pain.


Atari May 30, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Way to go, Monkey! I'm sure chunky, greasy sacks of lard everywhere salute your defense!

Because, you know, fat people aren't responsible for eating too much and not exercising, so the rest of us should just quietly endure their obnoxiousness with a smile.

And we had better like it!


the dominator July 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

i am right on with you atari!

maybe our good buddy monkey can go stuff his/her big fat face with another banana.

or most likely the entire banana tree!


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