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2007-09-17 05:02:03 AM
Ya take up more than a seat and crowd others, yeah, you need two tickets. BUT the airline better make sure you have two seats. I sat between two large people on a flight from Dallas to Tulsa, I was smashed between them so bad that the flight attendant actually moved me to a vacant seat. I guess when we book online, our weight will be required along with our credit card number? "You must weigh less than 300lbs to ride this ride" Sounds OK to me.
 
2007-09-17 05:02:24 AM
" I can't understand the unmitigated amount of rage against fat people that is going on in this thread. A lot of you have this blind hatred against the "fatties", and are talking about them like they're less than people. "

Like the way people talk about smokers.
Smokers first, Fatties next, who's next after that fatties ?

//sneeches
 
2007-09-17 05:07:41 AM
FarkingUpTheWrongTree: Someone's gonna hafta clue me in on how you pull that off. So I can take notes...

I can show you pictures, if you really wanna know... *evilgrin*


Dreddsnik: Like the way people talk about smokers.
Smokers first, Fatties next, who's next after that fatties ?


Non-smoker here, but I completely agree. I think there's this collective mindset going on in this country that the populace always has to have someone to gang up on and persecute. Now that everywhere has smoking bans, next is the transfat. Indeed, what is next? scary, huh?
 
2007-09-17 05:29:38 AM
nightfallcub: I can show you pictures,

Haha, er thanks, but I think I've got that part down :)

Now that everywhere has smoking bans, next is the transfat. Indeed, what is next? scary, huh?

I vote for people who have 2 or fewer kids and drive huge-ass SUVs while living in the suburbs or city (SUVs which they never use for anything more demanding than picking up groceries).

/just one suggestion among many
 
2007-09-17 05:29:40 AM
" Non-smoker here, but I completely agree. I think there's this collective mindset going on in this country that the populace always has to have someone to gang up on and persecute. "

This country ?
Humanity, period.
Examples of this are worldwide throughout history,
as large ( and obvious ) as persecution of Jews in Germany
to tormenting of 'Gingers' in the UK.
This is NOT a US phenomenon.
LOL, insisting that it IS is kindof a variant of the same
thing ;)

It's much easier to justify ones own shortcomings
by looking on someone else as inferior, than it is
to improve oneself.
 
2007-09-17 05:42:29 AM
Dreddsnik: "This is NOT a US phenomenon.
LOL, insisting that it IS is kindof a variant of the same
thing ;)"


totally my bad, you have a completely valid point. I was just speaking from my POV. it seems like Americans out-stupid the rest of the world a lot, but I forgot about the absurdity of the whole "anti-Ginger" sentiment in the UK, the French vs the French-Canadians, and the like all over the world.

/can't we all just get along??
 
2007-09-17 05:52:37 AM
This may be more trouble than they want. They better have some objective criteria, because letting the boarding team do it on the spot is gonna get ugly.

I know I am way late to the party -- but they sorta do this -- they require you to wear a seatbelt -- and the belts are only so long. They are perfectly willing to sell you an extender for a large fee, though.
 
2007-09-17 06:12:41 AM
amanogowa: I know I am way late to the party -- but they sorta do this -- they require you to wear a seatbelt -- and the belts are only so long. They are perfectly willing to sell you an extender for a large fee, though.

they sell them? granted, I've only needed them with a couple of the airlines I've ever flown, but every airline I've ever flown with has had them offered for free...I would think that it would be against federal regulations to sell a piece of safety equipment that the airlines require you have.
 
2007-09-17 06:13:46 AM
You wouldn't walk into an AA meeting and yell at the people that they're alcoholics because they won't stop drinking. You wouldn't tell them that they should pay higher insurance premiums on their cars because they're statistically more likely to get tanked and cause an accident than you are. You wouldn't fill a thread with 400 posts about how they're a burden on society because they often make bad parents with criminal children, require the bulk of liver transplants, or biatch and moan about some alcoholic you were once subjected to in a bar that made your whole night suck.

The only reason fat people are different from alcoholics is that you can usually see their addiction. It's a million times harder to recover from a food addiction than an alcohol addiction. You can stop going to bars and liquor stores, you can't stop eating lunch.

A little perspective here?
 
2007-09-17 06:29:02 AM
Batewoman: You wouldn't walk into an AA meeting and yell at the people that they're alcoholics because they won't stop drinking. You wouldn't tell them that they should pay higher insurance premiums on their cars because they're statistically more likely to get tanked and cause an accident than you are.

Not that I'm agreeing with the sentiment, but that sounds pretty much like a typical day on Fark to me. Are you sure no one does that?
 
2007-09-17 06:34:35 AM
Batewoman: You wouldn't walk into an AA meeting and yell at the people that they're alcoholics because they won't stop drinking.

I wouldn't?
 
2007-09-17 07:41:48 AM
taniquelle: explain how you can become fat without eatting fat to begin with, vegetarians are skinny for a reason.

dude... what? Just about every vegetarian I know battles their weight. My 3 stepsisters are vegetarian and they're all bigger than us carnivores. It's the pasta, the bread, etc...the carbs and sugar that get stored first as fat.
Ever notice how many soda drinkers are overweight? There's no meat in coca-cola ...or beer.


They should try the Indian veggie diet ... all essential nutrients and low in calories too! 6'1" and 170 lbs, fighting fit :P
 
2007-09-17 07:48:06 AM
Batewoman: It's a million times harder to recover from a food addiction than an alcohol addiction.

One of the most compelling reasons I have for starting my exercise regimen is that it will boost my metabolism so I can eat more.
 
2007-09-17 07:53:30 AM
I like to call the morbidly obese...mobese.

/I got nothing
 
2007-09-17 08:06:09 AM
cowsspinach: Phanthango

Yes, from the comfort of Mom's basement, we are all Cindy Crawford.


What? I cant be Cindy Crawford in my dreams?? Or what about Halloween?


Something not relevant to the thread, but art thou of Indian subcontinent heritage?
 
2007-09-17 08:14:05 AM
Batewoman: You wouldn't walk into an AA meeting and yell at the people that they're alcoholics because they won't stop drinking. You wouldn't tell them that they should pay higher insurance premiums on their cars because they're statistically more likely to get tanked and cause an accident than you are. You wouldn't fill a thread with 400 posts about how they're a burden on society because they often make bad parents with criminal children, require the bulk of liver transplants, or biatch and moan about some alcoholic you were once subjected to in a bar that made your whole night suck.

The only reason fat people are different from alcoholics is that you can usually see their addiction. It's a million times harder to recover from a food addiction than an alcohol addiction. You can stop going to bars and liquor stores, you can't stop eating lunch.

A little perspective here?


You are right I wouldn't walk into an AA meeting and start telling them how I really feel about them. That is because thy would outnumber me and some of these drunks can be pretty violent.

With fatties one the other hand I would have no such compunctions. They are far less likely to become a physical thread if they get insulted. I am pretty sure I could outrun most morbidly obese 'food addicts'.

If you are addicted to food you should try eating only cold turkey to lose weight.

The world doesn't owe you anything for the bad choices you make in your life.
 
2007-09-17 08:29:19 AM
CowGirlFromHell: Ya take up more than a seat and crowd others, yeah, you need two tickets. BUT the airline better make sure you have two seats. I sat between two large people on a flight from Dallas to Tulsa, I was smashed between them so bad that the flight attendant actually moved me to a vacant seat. I guess when we book online, our weight will be required along with our credit card number? "You must weigh less than 300lbs to ride this ride" Sounds OK to me.

How ya doin'? :]
 
2007-09-17 08:31:19 AM
emptylittlestar: I like to call the morbidly obese...mobese.

mo'bese
 
2007-09-17 08:41:56 AM
All you whiners, wait until some lard-ass waddles down the aisle, looks at the middle seat that they're in because they were in the snack bar rather than getting a seat assignment, and says:

"I think we'd both be more comfortable with the armrest up"

I was born at night, but it wasn't last night - take your bag of ho-hos and waddle somewhere else.
 
2007-09-17 09:08:58 AM
I agree that larger customers who occupy 2 seats should be charged for both of those seats. If they don't like it, lose weight, take a train or (like Madden) use a bus. The poster who suggested "spillover surcharge"...that is brilliant.

And I agree that a worldwide moratorium should be placed on any child under the age of 7 on a flight. Or a separate section for passengers traveling with infants near the rear of the plane.

But, I have to admit, I agree with Southwest on the issue of scantily-clad passengers. Nothing I could write would allay the barbs of those that disagree, but that's how I feel. Some people have no pride in their modes of dress nowadays.
 
2007-09-17 09:16:35 AM
StoicLion: Or a separate section for passengers traveling with infants near the rear of the plane.

Call it the "Safety Zone." Sitting at the rear of the plane is safer, and soccer moms love things that claim to be safer.
 
2007-09-17 09:30:15 AM
I am a rather large woman, clocking in somewhere around 6'2", 266, and admit I'm a fatty fat fat fatty. However, that's no excuse...and I mean NO EXCUSE, for me to be eating my kneecaps everytime I sit on an American Eagle flight.

\I have no idea why I'm this large.
\\Eats about 1,500 calories a day
\\\Might have missed a zero there.
\\\\IT Employees are physical specimens of perfection.
 
2007-09-17 09:41:09 AM
mrmopar5287: Southwest is the airline that does this 100% the correct way.

A lot of airlines charge people for two seats if you're fat enough to take up the room. The part of the Southwest policy that is most generous to fatties is that if the flight is not full, they will refund you the 2nd seat that they had to purchase. Given that fat people still cost extra fuel to carry on flights, Southwest is pretty generous in eating that cost if the plane isn't full.

No weight surcharge yet, but I can see the day in sight that it happens. How much fun will it be when airlines weight the people too? Will it be like a carnival barker? "Step right up, get your weight!!"


10 fatties on board but only 4 unsold tickets. What do they do? Is it a fatty rush to sit next to an empty?
 
2007-09-17 09:42:10 AM
Batewoman: The only reason fat people are different from alcoholics is that you can usually see their addiction. It's a million times harder to recover from a food addiction than an alcohol addiction. You can stop going to bars and liquor stores, you can't stop eating lunch.

What, other than the fact alcohol addiction exists? There are no staple foods on the market today that have strong addictive properties, period. Not even chocolate, which was recently proven.
 
2007-09-17 09:45:30 AM
PopeZaphod: Ah, good old Fark, where everyone is perfect and can make fun of fat people. While I don't wish everyone here who posted some hate-filled "hilarious" comment a painful death, I do hope they each double their current weight over the next year so they can see how jolly it is being overweight and treated like a second-class citizen wherever they go.

See, that's why fat people are disliked. No one's weight just doubles without them allowing it to. It's not like multiple sclerosis that can just hit you, see...you have to try really hard to get that fat.
 
2007-09-17 09:53:37 AM
*DING* You are now free to stop being a fatty.
 
2007-09-17 10:02:19 AM
Deadhouseplants: Hmmm, if airlines are going to charge double for things that make passengers uncomfortable. Then hell, expect to be double charged when:

• If you have a screaming baby
• Abusive black or Asian husband
• You're handicap
• You're a woman with a uni-brow
• Breastfeeding mothers
• Gay couple....unless you're hot chicks, you get to fly free.
• You're the Senator I saw giving a handjob in the bathroom and you have a seat next to me.
• Retarded kids who like to talk about television shows
• Arabs (Fark you too, like you don't think about it a little bit)
• Pregnant women who say before the flight "I'm 8 and half months pregnant, I sure hope the baby doesn't come now."

I'm sure there is more that bothers people on flights. But that list does it for me.

Truth be told, when you buy a ticket, you pay for the service for that individual to fly on an airplane. You're not paying for a specific area of a plane. If that was the case, why is it that we don't see airlines trimming their seats down to 6 inches wide? Airline is lucky they did this to a fat white guy. Cause you know the terminal would of been closed and flights would have been delayed if they called a black woman fat.


I'm hoping you were making a really bad troll attempt - if not, please go crawl back under your rock.
 
2007-09-17 10:03:32 AM
BMFPitt: Maybe you should take the fact that you require 2 seats on an airplane to be a sign that you should look at your lifestyle.

You don't see 450lb elderly people.



That's because the other people at the home eat them.
 
2007-09-17 10:06:03 AM
I have never seen a fatty die of starvation... Fat is made from a surplus of calories, you don't take a surplus in, you don't make fat, you take in less than you need, you lose weight. If there are people out there with gland problems then how come there aren't any in Ethiopia ?

Fat people have noone to blame but themselves,
I'm going to continue to ridicule them in the street due to my arrogent gland problem...not my fault either.
 
2007-09-17 10:06:59 AM
sojourner: What, other than the fact alcohol addiction exists? There are no staple foods on the market today that have strong addictive properties, period. Not even chocolate, which was recently proven.

Obviously you have never had freeze pops. ;-)
 
2007-09-17 10:11:02 AM
evaned: sojourner: What, other than the fact alcohol addiction exists? There are no staple foods on the market today that have strong addictive properties, period. Not even chocolate, which was recently proven.

Obviously you have never had freeze pops. ;-)


Yum
 
2007-09-17 10:33:14 AM
If you're 400 pounds, no way you fit into one seat, and the plane has to expend extra fuel to carry your lard. I'm all for charging extra for fatties - the rest of us shouldn't have to subsidize people with no self-control.

Being fat is your choice, but you should have to pay for the results yourself.
 
2007-09-17 10:34:54 AM
Maybe late in this post, but I'm posting the Southwest "Customers of Size" policy and FAQ here.

Customers who are unable to lower the armrests (the definitive boundary between seats) and/or who compromise any portion of adjacent seating should proactively book the number of seats needed during initial reservations. This purchase serves as a notification of an unusual seating need and allows us to process a refund of the additional seating cost after travel (provided the flight doesn't oversell). Most importantly, it ensures that all onboard have access to safe and comfortable seating.

* Is the policy unique or new to Southwest Airlines?
No, other carriers have similar policies, but to the best of our knowledge, no other carrier offers a refund after travel. We've followed this policy for 26 of our 35 years of operation, but only became more vigilant regarding the additional purchase over the last two years when we began seeing an increase in the number of valid complaints from passengers who traveled without full access to the seat purchased because a large Customer infringed upon the adjacent seating space.
* Why ask large Customers to purchase additional seating?
We could no longer ignore complaints from Customers who traveled without full access to the seat purchased due to encroachment by a large seatmate whose body extended into the neighboring seat. These Customers had uncomfortable (and sometimes painful) travel experiences, and it is our responsibility to seek resolution to prevent this problem.
* What is the cost of the additional seating?
If the Customer is holding an advance purchase, discounted fare, the second seat will be sold at the same discounted fare. If the Customer has purchased one of our low, unrestricted full fares, the second seat will be sold at the Child's Fare.
* What is the definitive gauge for a Customer of size?
The armrest is the definitive gauge, as it serves as the boundary between seats. Customers who are unable to lower the armrests (the definitive boundary between seats) and/or who compromise any portion of adjacent seating should proactively book the number of seats needed during initial reservations.
* How do I qualify for and request a refund of the additional seat purchase?
As long as the flight does not oversell (having more confirmed Customers waiting to board an aircraft than seats on the aircraft), we will refund the additional seat purchase after travel. A Refund Advice Slip, a guide for conveniently requesting refunds (via telephone or letter), is provided to the Customer of size at checkin. And, if it appears a flight will oversell, the option to purchase a second seat and travel on a less full flight is available.
* Are there other reasons to purchase additional seating?
Yes, Customers wishing to secure in an aircraft seat a musical item, a child restraint device for an infant, etc. must purchase an additional ticket. However, these Customers have other "options" such as holding an infant under the age of two as a lap child or placing the instrument in an onboard stowage space or in the cargo hold, and we are sensitive to fact that a large Customer has no option regarding seating space. For that reason, we offer a refund of the additional seat purchased (by a Customer of size) as long as the flight does not oversell.
* Won't this be embarrassing to the large Customer and the Employee?
It's tough to speak privately in an airport setting, and because a discussion about size is sensitive, we've cautioned our Employees to use discretion. Yes, it's difficult to deliver or receive a sensitive message, and to alleviate confusion, we encourage Customers with unique seating needs to proactively purchase additional seating (again, this is to notify us of the unique need). We ask this to accommodate our Customers in comfort and avoid embarrassing conversation. Ultimately, it is the Customer's responsibility to communicate with us upfront (at the time of booking) about his/her seating needs so that we may best serve him/her and all others onboard.
* I am a large person and use a seatbelt extension, but I fit in one aircraft seat. Do I have to purchase two seats?
Our policy does not focus on weight, and the seatbelt extension is not the determining factor. We use the ability to lower the armrests as the gauge, as the armrests are truly the definitive boundary between each seat.
* Are all overweight people subject to the policy?
Many Americans are "overweight" or "clinically obese." A number of overweight or obese people occupy only one seat. In fact, many Customers may use a seatbelt extension but occupy only one seat, and these Customers would not be asked to reserve a second seat. If a Customer cannot lower the armrest (and is unable to comfortably travel with it in the down position), he/she is required to pay for the additional seat occupied. Again, we will offer a refund if the flight does not oversell.
* I'm large but can be seated with the armrests down. Aren't your Employees wrong to question me?
If a concern exists, we shouldn't ignore it even if it's difficult for both parties to discuss. Condoning an unsafe, cramped seating arrangement onboard our aircraft is far more inappropriate than simply questioning a Customer's fit in our seats.
* Why not make your seats wider or add a few wide seats on your aircraft?
Our ongoing goal is to operate a low-fare, low cost airline, and the costs of reconfiguring our fleet would be staggering and would ultimately reflect in the form of higher fares for our Customers. Purchasing two seats on Southwest Airlines is significantly less expensive than purchasing one first class seat on another airline.
* If a flight is "open," why are you charging for an additional seat?
A Customer of size has no way of knowing at the time of booking if his/her flights will be full. The inconsistency of charging for the extra seat on one occasion and not others leaves the Customer not knowing what to expect and not having a full understanding of our policy. Thus, we require the additional purchase despite booking levels.
* Why can't two large Customers share their second seat?
Open seating cannot guarantee that there will be an entire row open for two Customers to sit together and share the middle seat on each leg of the trip.
* Why can't a large Customer sit with a family member who doesn't mind being encroached upon or a small child/person who doesn't take a full seat?
Open seating cannot guarantee that two people will be able to sit together. In addition, we must treat the smaller person (despite willingness or personal relationship) as a valued Customer who deserves the use of a full seat. Most importantly, we have to consider the safety aspect of the family member whose movement (especially in the event of an emergency) could be compromised if encroached on by a large seatmate.
* Isn't this policy just another way to increase your revenue?
No, we are not "making money" from this policy. In addition to giving the Customer a refund for the second seat, we are absorbing the administrative costs (staffing and processing) of issuing the refund. 98 percent of extra seat purchases qualify for a refund, as a refund request is declined only in the event of an oversale that causes us to deny transportation to a confirmed Customer (to whom we must issue denied boarding compensation).
* If a Customer has broad shoulders, will he/she have to buy a second seat?
Again, if a Customer cannot lower the armrests, the additional purchase is necessary. Simply having broad shoulders would not necessarily prevent another Customer from occupying adjoining seat. The upper body can be adjusted, but the portion of the body in the actual seating and armrest area doesn't have this flexibility.
* Why isn't this information on your tickets, referenced on the booking/reservations pages of your web site, or questioned by your Reservations Employees?
We estimate that the Customer of size policy affects far less than half a percent of our Customers, and ultimately, it is the responsibility of a Customer with a unique and unusual need to communicate with us upfront so that we may best serve him/her and all others onboard. We won't know of an unusual need unless the Customer tells us.
* Doesn't your policy violate the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Air Carrier Access Act?
Interstate airline travel is specifically excluded from Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by Section 12141(2). Airline travel is instead covered by the Air Carrier Access Act, 49 U.S.C. 1374(c) and the regulations implementing the Act issued by the Department of Transportation as 14 CFR Part 382, et seq. The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) preceded the ADA, and Congress excluded air carriers and other air transportation services from the scope of ADA. As regulated under 14 CFR §382.38 Seating accommodations (i) "Carriers are not required to furnish more than one seat per ticket or to provide a seat in a class of service other than the one the passenger has purchased."
* Can I be preapproved as needing only one seat?
Because size can fluctuate, we are unable to give blanket authorization.
* How will you ensure no one takes the seat beside me if I've purchased a second seat?
The Customer who has purchased two seats must be an active participant in preserving his/her additional seat. We encourage Customers of size to preboard to locate adequate seating, placing the Reserved Seat Document in the adjacent seat. Our Ground Operations and Inflight Employees communicate about special needs Customers, and if a Customer of size needs seating assistance, he/she should ask an Employee for help.
* I'm pregnant, will I have to purchase two seats?
A woman who is pregnant does not occupy two seats if she can lower the armrests.
* Can I check in using an E-Ticket Check-In kiosk or online checkin?
Because a Customer of size has special seating needs; is encouraged to preboard; and needs specific boarding/seating documents, these Customers are required to check in with a Customer Service Agent at the ticket counter or at the gate. A Skycap can assist a Customer of size with baggage and provide an escort to the ticket counter, and a Customer of size wishing to bypass the ticket counter may simply print a Security Document online for access through the security checkpoint. At checkin, a Customer of size will receive a boarding pass, Reserved Seat Document, Refund Advice Slip, and preboarding direction.
* Isn't this policy discriminatory toward large Customers?
Southwest Airlines does not condone discrimination in any form. We have Employees and Customers of all races, ethnicity, religions, shapes, and sizes. Our Mission and our responsibility per our Contract of Carriage is to provide safe and comfortable air transportation for each and every Customer. This policy has been upheld in court and is supported by the Department of Transportation's stance that the purchase of a single ticket offers the use of a single seat.
 
2007-09-17 10:38:57 AM
I'd rather sit next to a fat person than a uptight drunk-ass any day. You thin f*cks that get loaded on the flight home are 1000 times more annoying than any fat person I have met on a plane.

BTW, on international flights, they will NOT let you purchase an open seat. I'm a big guy and for my trip to Sydney, Cathay Pacific would NOT let me buy an extra ticket so we could stretch out and such.
 
2007-09-17 10:43:45 AM
If find that this is pretty sad. A lot of what is wrong with the US is in this thread.
 
2007-09-17 10:45:58 AM
She'll fit eventually.

newmedia.funnyjunk.com

/this thread needed more pics of fatties
 
2007-09-17 10:55:04 AM
If you rent a U-haul truck on moving day, and your stuff spills out of the truck onto the street, and you can't fit anymore of your belongings into the space you've got, how is that U-hauls' fault?

/I know it's not the same.
//I know there are bigger trucks.
///work with me, people.
 
2007-09-17 11:21:28 AM
FarkingUpTheWrongTree: Well, they're half right. There's a difference between "complicated" and "difficult". Weight loss is pretty simple, actually. But that doesn't mean it's easy.

Nutrition is simple now? I seem to recall advanced degrees offered in it. You couldn't find 1/10 farkers who could tell you what transfats are (look in any thread about them getting banned for lots of idiots that think they are just another kind of butter). Changing your diet and designing an exercise regimen in order to gain or lose weight is quite complicated, there are forums all over the net for it.

Basically, this whole thing wouldn't even be an issue if it weren't for people being in denial and getting their feelings hurt.

People get persecuted because they are sensitive about being persecuted?
 
2007-09-17 11:22:47 AM
How about having airplane fairs being pro-rated based on how much weight you bring onto the plane. That way a 175 pound guy bringing 50 pounds of crap onto the plane will be charged as much as a 225 pound guy bringing just extra socks.

Oh and anybody wider than the seat they are buying has to buy the seat next to them.
 
2007-09-17 11:24:18 AM
PopeZaphod: Ah, good old Fark, where everyone is perfect and can make fun of fat people. While I don't wish everyone here who posted some hate-filled "hilarious" comment a painful death, I do hope they each double their current weight over the next year so they can see how jolly it is being overweight and treated like a second-class citizen wherever they go.


Ultra late but...

I go to the gym multiple times a week (down from everyday actually) so I know this isn't going to happen to me. Being in decent shape doesn't involve a miracle, just tough life choices.
 
2007-09-17 11:24:49 AM
I totally agree! This guy should have had to pay for an extra ticket. I got stuck in the middle seat on a flight from RDU to CLT. I was stuck next to a truck. She was so big, the guy next the window was sitting on the window ledge, I was mostly in his seat and she was spilling into the aisle. I had to sit forward with my shoulders together and on take off, I never touched the seat back. I just couldn't because her fat ass was in the way. I was flying for free but damn! I felt bad for the guy near the window. He looked like he was in pain. And she talked about flying overseas all the time. I can't imagine being next to something like that for more than the 45 minutes I was. I got off the plane and had bruises.
 
2007-09-17 11:29:52 AM
ATTENTION: All you people talking about being "big-boned"....

Nooooo.... that is not your bones, it's your FAT!

FAT not equal to BONES
 
2007-09-17 11:31:41 AM
Jetcar: If you rent a U-haul truck on moving day, and your stuff spills out of the truck onto the street, and you can't fit anymore of your belongings into the space you've got, how is that U-hauls' fault?

Bad analogy. Here's a better one: If you need to move your couch across the country and you contract with a mover to move your couch. They at no time give you any indication that certain couches don't apply and send you a contract to move your couch. They show up at your door, take your couch, and some driver from atlanta calls you and demands double because your couch is too big and you have to pay. See the analogy? I don't see a difference between these two situations. The dude wasn't asked if he was too fat when he bought the tickets. The dude wasn't told when he used his ticket to check in. The dude couldn't have reasonably known exactly what type of airplane he was flying on or what sized seat he would be in. I'm not saying the dude is not without fault, what I'm saying is that arbitrarily charging more to someone for issues like this (being too fat, too stupid, too tall, too ugly, too handicapped, etc), while performing a service is definitely immoral, probably illegal, and maybe unconstitutional. If this dude was handicapped we'd have senators criticizing these actions....

/hopes the guy sues the crap out of sw
//airlines treat us progressively more and more like crap
 
2007-09-17 11:33:42 AM
i159.photobucket.com
 
2007-09-17 11:41:12 AM
I definitely think that morbidly obese people should have to buy two tickets. I have scoliosis of the spine, so sitting in a tiny seat with long legs is hard enough for 3.75 hours, not to mention having to sit next to some woman who is literally sitting on half of my body for the entire flight. It was like being squished by impossibly heavy jell-o. I couldn't move. I couldn't even lean over to get my bag under the seat infront of me. No music, no sleep. It was 3.75 hours of pain and misery. I'm sorry if you're too fat to fit in one seat, BUY TWO!

/trying not to be whiney, but after flying for years, this was the worst experience of my life
 
2007-09-17 11:47:10 AM
i226.photobucket.com

2 seats = 2 tickets

I hope this helps illustrate.
 
2007-09-17 11:51:31 AM
Snarfangel: Alternate fat people and children like this:
oOoOo
OoOoO
oOoOo

Fat people have a little extra room, and they block some of the sound if the kids are noisy.


I wuz thinking the same thing.

If not enough kids, sandwich in the anorexic:

OIO
IOI

etc. Problem solved!

//won't fly anymore unless it's to a funeral
///mine
 
2007-09-17 11:53:54 AM
Deadhouseplants: Hmmm, if airlines are going to charge double for things that make passengers uncomfortable. Then hell, expect to be double charged when:

• If you have a screaming baby
• Abusive black or Asian husband
• You're handicap
• You're a woman with a uni-brow
• Breastfeeding mothers
• Gay couple....unless you're hot chicks, you get to fly free.
• You're the Senator I saw giving a handjob in the bathroom and you have a seat next to me.
• Retarded kids who like to talk about television shows
• Arabs (Fark you too, like you don't think about it a little bit)
• Pregnant women who say before the flight "I'm 8 and half months pregnant, I sure hope the baby doesn't come now."

I'm sure there is more that bothers people on flights. But that list does it for me.

Truth be told, when you buy a ticket, you pay for the service for that individual to fly on an airplane. You're not paying for a specific area of a plane. If that was the case, why is it that we don't see airlines trimming their seats down to 6 inches wide? Airline is lucky they did this to a fat white guy. Cause you know the terminal would of been closed and flights would have been delayed if they called a black woman fat.


Newsletter, subscribe, etc.

Fark needs a new headline: "It's OK to hate all fat people, but not other races/groups!"
 
2007-09-17 12:01:07 PM
Definition of Hell: Chicago to Dublin overnight flight sitting next to a 350+ lbs. lady who has to get up for the bathroom every 30 minutes.

Four years later, my hand still trembles.
 
2007-09-17 12:09:04 PM
Bimbelina: I feel no sympathy for closed-minded retards at all. Go hate on somebody else, farkface - the fat-bashing is tiresome.

They may need to check your prescription amounts. You're psychotic. As for being overweight, yes, the anti-psychs do have weight gain as a POSSIBLE side effect mediated by a reduced metabolism and increased appetite. You lose weight if you consume less than you burn. It's that simple. Your body will make fat from the materials on hand and store them as energy. If there are no excess calories to be had, you don't store fat. Unless you are photosynthesizing, that is. Have you noticed a green palor? Sorry your hurdle is higher than most, but suck it up and stop biatching.

Nocens: This tobacco war has turned a once respectful person into one who doesn't give a shiat.

Assholes that want to make life difficult for me, I'm instituting a policy of payback for you. I used to be Mr. nice respectful guy and stepped outside for my smokes; field stripped smokes and pocketed the butts until I got to a can; used cans to dip in and carried away for disposal.

No more. I started fighting back this past weekend and intend to continue. This has has gone beyond absurd.


As a non smoker, and one who heartily endorses all the public smoking bans, keep it up. It's people like you that we use in our ads to get the bans in place. Good work =) By your own logic, we only did what you started. We had do get the bans enforced because so many smokers did smoke where it was impolite (at the dinner table, at work, right outside the entrance to the hospital, etc.). If you didn't get in our business (and allergies) then we'd have no problem.
 
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