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Audra L

Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

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    Kurt

    Obese people should be required to either fly business class, or pay for two economy class seats. Other passengers should not be discomfited.

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    Cindy

    My husband I were on a four-hour flight. I had the window seat; he had the middle. Just before takeoff a huge man literally squeezed sideways down the aisle and stopped by us, leaned over and flipped the arm rest up and then sat down — with rolls of fat literally laying on top of my husband. I moved toward the window until I was sitting ON the window, and my husband moved until he was sitting halfway on me. The huge man was still partially on my husband with his arm, and he stilled needed help getting buckled into the seat with a belt extension from the attendant. Once strapped in, his entire left leg and part of his left side were still in the aisle. During the flight the attendants had to work in front and behind him because they couldn’t get the service carts down the aisle. I refused to take any drinks or food at all because, one, I could only use one arm to drink with because my other one was squeezed in by my husband, but mainly because if I had to go to the bathroom during the flight I had no idea how I was going to get out to get to the bathroom. That entire flight was absolutely miserable and I spent most of it praying we would not have any emergencies because there was no way that my husband I would have been able to get out past that man, or beyond him if he did make it into the aisle to get out. Just picture that little scenario in your head and then tell me why I should be compassionate toward someone like that. Why is it lately that everybody is supposed to let the person imposing on you off the hook? I paid for a whole seat, not a half seat. My husband paid for a whole seat, not a half. That man paid for a whole seat and got his seat and part of my husband’s, along with all the amenities offered on the flight, which my husband and I were denied for the reasons I just mentioned. And what if there had been an emergency? How is someone blocking the aisle and the exit of two passengers seated with him not a safety issue? My husband and I sat there on top of each other, unable to move, in miserable silence for the entire 4 hours and it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. And you can darn well bet that if such a situation ever were to arise again, I WILL speak up.

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    Obviously older and more experienced

    Speaking up might have solved your problem. You could have and should have asked the flight attendant for a different seat. Instead, you two “sat there on top of each other, unable to move, in miserable silence for the entire 4 hours” and came here to make your complaint. Grow up and deal.

    Instead of charging extra to “obese” passengers, which opens a whole new bucket of worms determining what an “obese passenger” is, perhaps you could write all this to your airliners who are in control of the Incredible Shrinking Airplane Seat.” Take your money to Business or First Class. Or airlines with larger seats. Of ask for the wing seats – only certain, physically fit passengers are allowed in those. Maybe THAT will solve your emergent headaches.

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