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(USA Today)   Obese siblings sue Southwest Airlines after they are "humiliated" when asked to buy additional tickets for the flight.   ( divider line
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2004-06-29 03:57:34 PM  
Fly by weight makes perfect sense:

a) Isn't fuel the biggest cost for the airline?
2) Philadelphia International's terminals will be nearly empty. (good, if you are from Philly)
III) Less ugly fat people that I have to see while flying to tourist destinations.
2004-06-29 03:57:59 PM  
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I'm not fat, just big boned!
2004-06-29 03:58:03 PM  
all we need now is for "morbidly obese" to be classified as a disability under the ADA.

I hope I never have to sit next to a morbidly obese person on the airplane because they will be embarrased when I demand to be re-seated. And I don't like to make people feel bad. But I like it even less to have sweaty rolls of flab pressed against me for hours.
2004-06-29 03:58:09 PM  

"No way. They could have ridden back in the cargo ares though."

How about the cargo areas? Would they work, too?
2004-06-29 03:59:30 PM  
/also hates tyos "ares = areas,". Sorry
2004-06-29 03:59:37 PM  
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GIS for "morbidly obese." Damn, that girl's got some HIPS!
2004-06-29 03:59:40 PM  
Actually more appropraitely:
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2004-06-29 03:59:43 PM  
Maybe it is just me, but if you have reached the point where you have to call an airline to find out their policy on your fat ass taking up multiple seats, maybe you ought to be calling Weight Watchers instead? That, or eating a bullet.

Next thing you know they'll be sueing the airline because the armrest didn't raise and they had to suffer the humiliation of shoving it up their crack when they plopped one of their cheeks down on each seat.
2004-06-29 04:00:01 PM  
sos' amazing new diet plan:

Put the damn Twinkies down.
2004-06-29 04:00:57 PM  
Bet me to it, tbye! :)
2004-06-29 04:01:31 PM  
Ok, I'm not even going to say anything about that last one, though.
2004-06-29 04:01:39 PM  
Ditto: Genius! Im a 3rd-year Physics student, and not actually knowing any Physics, I concur with your results. QED.
2004-06-29 04:02:19 PM  
The point is you buy your tickets, YOU ASK IF THERE IS GOING TO BE AN EXTRA CHARGE AND THEY SAY NO, you get on the plane, you fly to the city your visiting, and no one says anything about extra $$$. Then when you are in a city far from home, trying to get on the plane to go home the a$$hats try to hit you up for more money because they know you are stuck. My bet is it is/was some disgusting 5 foot nothing less then 100 pounds whiney little chippee that was trying to to collect the extra fare.

my advice is this...

To the makers of autos and planes. Stop designing your product for underdeveloped 12 year old asians, real people cannot sit in those seats and be comfortable.

To people who are insulted by the little underfed anorexic hollier then thou...squash them like the little bugs that they are. you can snap them in half easily, there ain't no meat on them bones and the bones is weak cause they don't have any calcium in them.


I have a 21 inch neck, 24 inch arms, wear a 54 short tux and can squash your head like the zit it is.
2004-06-29 04:02:34 PM  
If you see someone killing themselves with a cigarette, it is socially acceptable to criticize them and mock them and segregate them and heckle them until they adopt a healthier lifestyle.

But we don't do the same thing when we see someone killing themselves with a Big Mac.

--borrowed from "Supersize Me"
2004-06-29 04:03:23 PM  
They should have to pay for screens so the rest of us don't have to look at them either.. maybe give us a discount if they smell bad too.

/weak troll attempt
2004-06-29 04:04:02 PM  
I may just side with the plaintiffs as they chose a lawyer brilliant enough to use the term "morbidly obese".

They really should have a box you stand in to make sure you only take up your allotted space, like they do with carry-on.

Also, I fly a good deal. Passenger planes suck. Period.
2004-06-29 04:04:34 PM  
Flying is misery for me- I'm 6'4" and my shoulders are wider than the seats. If I get a window seat, I have to lean to the side quite a bit which is uncomfortable and invades someone elses space. If I get an aisle seat, at least I can stick a leg out into the aisle, but there again, I've got to lean into the aisle to keep from taking up some of my neighbor's space.
Of course, legroom is terrible just about everywhere. Most stadiums and arenas, especially newer ones where they try to get every seat as close as possible to the action, are terrible about legroom.

/just biatchin'
2004-06-29 04:04:52 PM  
"...caused extreme humiliation and severe emotional trauma "

I know a good way to not have to suffer this humiliation and emotional trauma ... lose the farkin' weight tubby!

/not to be insensitive or anything
2004-06-29 04:04:59 PM  
Just this one little tidbit:

2004-06-29 04:05:04 PM  
If airlines get to charge double for fat people, SUV owners should pay triple for vehicular registration.

We do here in Georgia, it's called the ad valorem tax.
2004-06-29 04:05:09 PM  
I"m against fat people having one seat, but I"m pretty much against SouthWest airlines too. I'm very conflicted.
2004-06-29 04:05:25 PM  

Shut up, fatty.

/190, 5'7" and dropping myself.
2004-06-29 04:06:29 PM  
I may just side with the plaintiffs as they chose a lawyer brilliant enough to use the term "morbidly obese".

for the record, this is the clinical term for someone who is so overweight it is potentially life threatening. Grey area as to what really constitutes life threatening but the terms been in clinical use for years.
2004-06-29 04:07:26 PM  
Flight Attendant: "We'd like to welcome you on Southwest Flight 72 to Albuquerque, if for some reason you require to be re-seated, please push the call button next to your reading light."

Me: Ding

Damn fata$$es...
2004-06-29 04:07:28 PM  
You know, if you think about it, fatties could stop world hunger!! If they only ate what a normal person should, take the rest of the food they buy and feed it to some poor starving skinny bastard, no one would be fat, starving and we would all ride planes more comfortably, not to mention no more of those freaking annoying weight loss spam emails!!

/dreams of perfect world.....
2004-06-29 04:08:21 PM  
Has anyone been reading Savage Love lately?
2004-06-29 04:08:50 PM  
If you don't have enough self-control to not eat so damn much and eat healthful food rather than fried and reprocessed crap, you deserve the consequences. If you don't care enough to maintain your own body, why should other people be expected to suffer on your behalf?

I lean left harder than a second-place NASCAR driver, but seriously, this is ridiculous. If you take two seats, pay for two seats. You'll be more comfortable and nobody else will be inconvenienced or repulsed. RE-SPON-SI-BIL-I-TY, kiddos!

/has written entire discourses on this very subject
2004-06-29 04:09:08 PM  
uhm, you can't be too traumatized and embarrassed if you are willing to go to court and rant about it in front of dozens of people and have it shoved into the media spotlight.

2004-06-29 04:09:17 PM  
*raises hand*
I tried to look, but Sentian blocked it.
2004-06-29 04:09:21 PM  
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Some Airline Passengers Are Bigger Than Others
You're Not The One For Me, Fatty
2004-06-29 04:09:35 PM  
What if you're not fat, but you just fart a lot?

/not that I fart on airplanes or anything
2004-06-29 04:09:36 PM  
By the same policy, if me and my slim gf just use one seat, imaginatively, can we just pay one fare ?
2004-06-29 04:09:59 PM  
they deserve to be sued. There were four people....two who were fat, two who were normal-sized. The airline should have given them four seats together, the two fat people in the middle, and a skinny person on either side.

Airline seats are too small to take "normal" people, because the airlines want to jam as many people in as possible to increase their profits, and they don't give a shiat about comfort or the health of the passengers (for example, Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is a danger to "normal" sized people too)
2004-06-29 04:10:00 PM  
Didn't read the whole thread, but I didn't see this mentioned yet: This self-described "morbidly obese" woman has reproduced. She found a man willing to mount up and have a kid with her. I almost want to see a picture of that guy, just to see what kind of obvious physical deformity he must have, since that's the best he could do.
2004-06-29 04:10:21 PM  
I've been on tiny little island hoppers where everyone gets weighed at check in so they can balance out the plane.
2004-06-29 04:10:36 PM  

I guess due to overuse comedically, I can't associate said terminology with anything but a cruel, cruel label for the large and unfortunate.

/hates soda pop because it makes America fat.
2004-06-29 04:11:13 PM  
Why can't fat people take some responsibility and go to Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig? I have news for you: there is no such thing, medically, as a "gland problem." It's a "can't put down the Big Mac" problem. Less than 1/2 of 1% of morbidly obese people have a medical reason for their obesity. See a shrink, get a gastric bypass, or just put down the Little Debbie snack cakes, but for the love of God you're damaging your health and self-confidence by over-eating.

Don't supersize it! Eat a farking salad!
2004-06-29 04:11:24 PM  
You have NO right to be a passenger on an airplane. If you are a giant fatass and don't fit into a seat, you need to pay more or take the bloody bus.

I suggest riding a bike once in a while, too. And eat some vegetables. And knock off the burger king. Drink a lot of water. And shut the hell up. Fatass.
2004-06-29 04:11:52 PM  

thanks for reminding me... I have firebird on my system.... the default for msn messenger brings up IE so I end up using that...

How about a weight/ displacement measurement to determine ticket price? use it for carry on luggage as well... I'm tired of seeing one person with 4 carry on bags that take up the entire overhead compartment.
2004-06-29 04:11:59 PM  
Oh, I should mention as an append to the above missive:

I'm a big guy. I'm 6' tall, give an inch or so, and I weigh well more than 200 pounds. However, my bodyfat's in the single-digit percentile, so I'm just muscular-heavy (not fat). I can hardly stand to be crammed into tiny airline seats without the added misery of someone else's belly-spillage encroaching into my personal area. Frankly, if I'm paying anywhere from $200 to $900 (depending on destination) for my flight, I sure as hell had better not have to deal with someone's fat rolls on my seat.
2004-06-29 04:11:59 PM  
Stop designing your product for underdeveloped 12 year old asians, real people cannot sit in those seats and be comfortable.

Ha, it's perfectly comfy for we normal-sized people!! You freakshow giants get enough advantages -- it's nice to be petite and have ONE place where I can feel smug about it. It's not as if I can reach the cabinets in my own kitchen, which seems to have been designed for someone 6' 4".

Got to agree with MacG about the legroom, though -- I've been to stadiums in which only a double amputee could sit comfortably.
2004-06-29 04:12:04 PM  
Their argument is flawed. If you don't get a speeding ticket while speeding one way down an interstate, it doesn't mean you can't get one going the other way. It just means you were lucky the first time.

Yup. I'm 'liberal' and I vote Democrat, and I am also 6'0 180lbs in perfectly normal dimensions and I'm gonna be damned if I have to endure a plane flight in coach (all I can currently afford) next to some fat little Farker who probably inhales cheeze-wiz like Gary Busy sniffs coke and whose flesh is oozing against me... meanwhile some crying Farking baby behind me just puked on my armrest...

/I feel better now. Make the fatties pay. If they don't wanna pay, they can skip the trip and invest the $$$ in a weight loss scheme for all I Farking care.
2004-06-29 04:12:22 PM  
OK.. I travel for work. I fly at least once every other week if not more. Im not HUGE, but im not petite either. But I can fit in a seat, with the arm rests down, and the table tray doesnt sit on an angle as it rests on one of my chins.
So first of all about the portly / fat / morbidly obese people flying.. PLEASE DONT FLY STANDBY AND GET PUT IN A MIDDLE SEAT. You just make everyone miserable. get an aisle seat, you can overflow into the aisle, and piss off the flight attendants when they cant get the cart past you.

Now.. that being said, lets talk about something much worse on planes. Children. They should go in the overhead compartment. I was flying once when this couple with 2 babies sat in the two seats next to me. Thats 5 people in a 3 seater. I got off the plane.
2004-06-29 04:12:55 PM  
2004-06-29 04:08:21 PM Something_else

Are you talking about the Girl Love Handles saga?

I almost lost my lunch reading about some of the people that were writing in defending fat people, like the self described "5' 450lb. of beautiful woman" *wretch*
2004-06-29 04:13:34 PM  
SWA's policy regarding extra seats has been in the news several times in the past. There was a time when they'd allow unsold seats to be freely used to place baby car seats, as extra seats for morbidly obese passengers, etc. However, these policies didn't apply if the flight was full and/or overbooked.
2004-06-29 04:13:55 PM  

I don't hide the fact.
2004-06-29 04:14:14 PM  
The jiggling fat kid makes me sad. How could his/her parents be such total farkwads to allow that to happen?

"Sorry honey, no candy. Here's a nice carrot instead." Is that so farkin' hard?
2004-06-29 04:14:37 PM  
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2004-06-29 04:15:45 PM  

children on planes are evil. children in business class on long haul is an insult to the thousands of dollars I'm not actually paying for the seat.
2004-06-29 04:16:02 PM  
For those folks in between one seat amd two seat fares:

you managed to get into that seat, but you are still billowing over the armrest and under it into MY space, and I HATE you for it.

If the average flyer weighed less, flying would be cheaper.

If you weren't next to me, I wouldn't be forced to sit off-center in my seat and have farked posture.

Listening to you breathing (oh yes, you lards breath loudly in your struggling lungs and generous palates) really sucks.
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