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(NYPost)   Of course had this been United, the passenger would have simply been punched in the face and placed between even fatter travelers   (nypost.com) divider line
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2022-10-19 10:04:28 AM  
They need to start putting dividers between seats so "customers of size" do not intrude into the seat you paid for. If they are too big to fit into their assigned seat then they will need to buy two seats.

This is a safety issue. You can not block the aisle with your ass like this and you can not move to the right to take up the other guy's seat. Buy two seats.
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2022-10-19 10:27:54 AM  
Lots of people will book their seats as a couple, but select window and aisle seats, hoping that a single won't take the middle seat. Wonder if this is the case here.
 
2022-10-19 10:30:01 AM  
United is my favorite airline. I have never had a problem with them and Newark is my closest airport. Geez, you punch one customer....
 
2022-10-19 10:30:27 AM  
It's too bad that folks get fat like that but the solution would be to buy two seats. Either that, or at least get a discount on the second seat.
 
2022-10-19 10:38:31 AM  
I've been in this situation way too many times.  If airlines can charge for extra baggage, I don't see why they shouldn't charge for overweight people.  Being fat is a choice. I know this because all five of my sibs are/were obese and I am not because I make a concerted effort to keep my weight down.
 
2022-10-19 10:45:50 AM  
lol at being so poor you don't buy 2 seats next to each other when flying solo.
 
2022-10-19 10:58:21 AM  
The problem is with the airlines trying to cram so many passengers onto the planes that even a normal sized person spills over the tiny seats.

I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device."  And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

/Bring the seats back to at least "tolerable" size and you'll solve this problem
 
2022-10-19 11:00:18 AM  

WhiskeySticks: lol at being so poor you don't buy 2 seats next to each other when flying solo.


Two seats because Solo always flies with his wookiee.
 
2022-10-19 11:29:11 AM  
I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.
 
2022-10-19 11:33:48 AM  

TacoBeelzebub: The problem is with the airlines trying to cram so many passengers onto the planes that even a normal sized person spills over the tiny seats.

I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device."  And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

/Bring the seats back to at least "tolerable" size and you'll solve this problem


And, obese folks should buy two seats until that happens.  I'm overweight, but not obese.  When I take up two seats, I'll buy two seats.

Unlike the 3 portly folks wedged into a single row on my last Southwest flight.  One of them insisted the flight attendant find her another seat.  On an airline where you choose your own seat, and a packed flight.  Luckily, there was a flight attendant who was flying to another airport on board who swapped with her.  Don't complain about how unsafe something is if you're the one making it unsafe, and def don't whine to the flight attendant about it.
 
2022-10-19 11:35:21 AM  

neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.


You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

 
2022-10-19 11:39:41 AM  

natazha: I've been in this situation way too many times.  If airlines can charge for extra baggage, I don't see why they shouldn't charge for overweight people.  Being fat is a choice. I know this because all five of my sibs are/were obese and I am not because I make a concerted effort to keep my weight down.


What about discounts for skinny people and children?
 
2022-10-19 11:43:32 AM  

optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.


They are not mutually exclusive concepts.
 
2022-10-19 11:57:17 AM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.


Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.
 
2022-10-19 11:57:35 AM  
The pic in the article isn't generating too much sympathy from me. The fat rolls weren't even covering the armrest (which I've dealt with).
 
2022-10-19 12:16:44 PM  

optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.


The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.
 
2022-10-19 12:25:40 PM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.


Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.
 
2022-10-19 12:34:29 PM  

optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.


Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.
 
2022-10-19 12:43:15 PM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.

Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.


So the obvious solution is to make the seats smaller.
 
2022-10-19 12:45:01 PM  
Set airline ticket prices by customer weight.
 
2022-10-19 12:53:01 PM  

optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.

Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.

So the obvious solution is to make the seats smaller.


Seats have dropped from 35 inches to 31 inches in the last 50 years. 4 Inches isn't enough to compensate for how fat people have gotten.
 
2022-10-19 12:55:15 PM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.

Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.

So the obvious solution is to make the seats smaller.

Seats have dropped from 35 inches to 31 inches in the last 50 years. 4 Inches isn't enough to compensate for how fat people have gotten.


Looking at the pictures, that 4 inches would have stopped this woman from being smooshed.
 
2022-10-19 1:00:18 PM  

optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.

Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.

So the obvious solution is to make the seats smaller.

Seats have dropped from 35 inches to 31 inches in the last 50 years. 4 Inches isn't enough to compensate for how fat people have gotten.

Looking at the pictures, that 4 inches would have stopped this woman from being smooshed.


I don't think you and I are looking at the same picture. Every flight I've been on with some obese person sitting next to me would not have resulted in a more comfortable flight even with 4 more inches.

Maybe people need to take some personal responsibility for themselves and not let themselves go. In this day and age, obesity is largely a choice and we're doing no one any favors by normalizing it.
 
2022-10-19 1:02:53 PM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.

Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.

So the obvious solution is to make the seats smaller.

Seats have dropped from 35 inches to 31 inches in the last 50 years. 4 Inches isn't enough to compensate for how fat people have gotten.

Looking at the pictures, that 4 inches would have stopped this woman from being smooshed.

I don't think you and I are looking at the same picture. Every flight I've been on with some obese person sitting next to me would not have resulted in a more comfortable flight even with 4 more inches.

Maybe people need to take some personal responsibility for themselves and not let themselves go. In this day and age, obesity is largely a choice and we're doing no one any favors by normalizing it.


Perhaps you're not as skinny as you think then. You're not doing any favors by shaming people either.
 
2022-10-19 1:05:44 PM  

optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

I don't think you and I are looking at the same picture. Every flight I've been on with some obese person sitting next to me would not have resulted in a more comfortable flight even with 4 more inches.

Maybe people need to take some personal responsibility for themselves and not let themselves go. In this day and age, obesity is largely a choice and we're doing no one any favors by normalizing it.

Perhaps you're not as skinny as you think then. You're not doing any favors by shaming people either.


Huh? That makes no sense. So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"? I give you exhibit A on "normalizing obesity". At my peak, I was 40 pounds overweight and you know what? I did something about it. And kept the weight off. Anyone can do it. People just need to want it, be willing to do something about it, and not make excuses.
 
2022-10-19 1:14:14 PM  

neilbradley: So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"?


Yes it is. Do you think they don't know they are overweight and your revelation will spark them into weight loss?  Do you think they haven't considered that they need to loose weight? But I'm sure they'll be inspired by you, no doubt.
 
2022-10-19 1:17:45 PM  

optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"?

Yes it is. Do you think they don't know they are overweight and your revelation will spark them into weight loss?  Do you think they haven't considered that they need to loose weight? But I'm sure they'll be inspired by you, no doubt.


Actually yes, repeated pressure did spark me in to weight loss, so while it may not work for you, it does work for others. I guess by your estimation that we should just not mention it AT ALL and it'll all just work itself out? No, people are fat farks, and I say that as a former fat fark. But the difference is I took responsibility and did something about it instead of blaming others. Obesity is a problem that affects far more than just the obese person.
 
2022-10-19 1:45:21 PM  
You need to have a separate name for every seat you buy. Mr Spawn and I tried to buy 3 seats to share. Granted this was a while ago but airlines don't really have a buy 2 seats for one person option.

Once he couldn't fly home with me on a nonrefundable ticket because he had to go elsewhere in an emergency. We called the airline and they said they would sell the seat again even though we paid for it and they wouldn't refund if he didn't show. So I checked him in on a kiosk and got plenty of space for once.

How do you get around one name/one seat?  I'm not fat anymore but it would be nice not to share a row with a stranger if we ever fly again.
 
2022-10-19 1:49:42 PM  
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2022-10-19 1:51:58 PM  

Metaluna Mutant: Set airline ticket prices by customer weight.


Wasn't that tried a few years ago, and all the fatties cried about being singled out?
 
2022-10-19 1:52:41 PM  

Spawn_of_Cthulhu: You need to have a separate name for every seat you buy. Mr Spawn and I tried to buy 3 seats to share. Granted this was a while ago but airlines don't really have a buy 2 seats for one person option.

Once he couldn't fly home with me on a nonrefundable ticket because he had to go elsewhere in an emergency. We called the airline and they said they would sell the seat again even though we paid for it and they wouldn't refund if he didn't show. So I checked him in on a kiosk and got plenty of space for once.

How do you get around one name/one seat?  I'm not fat anymore but it would be nice not to share a row with a stranger if we ever fly again.


I'm not a big person myself, but I have resorted to flying first class just to avoid cattle class. Even for normal sized people it's very cramped. This is also where I'm really glad I'm short as the legroom has shrunk too, my wife is 5'10" she does not care for the legroom.
 
2022-10-19 1:58:51 PM  

Walker: They need to start putting dividers between seats so "customers of size" do not intrude into the seat you paid for. If they are too big to fit into their assigned seat then they will need to buy two seats.

This is a safety issue. You can not block the aisle with your ass like this and you can not move to the right to take up the other guy's seat. Buy two seats.
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I'd be happy to buy 3 seats.
Difficulty? Scumbag airline won't place them all together .
Thus maybe you should eat ghost peppers?
 
2022-10-19 2:03:04 PM  

neilbradley: The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.


So kids should tell thier parents to fark off when told to clear their plate?

Go eat ghost peppers and eat a cock
 
2022-10-19 2:03:45 PM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.

Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.

So the obvious solution is to make the seats smaller.

Seats have dropped from 35 inches to 31 inches in the last 50 years. 4 Inches isn't enough to compensate for how fat people have gotten.


And "perfect hip size" for a woman is 36 inches.  So even a thin woman with "perfect" measurements would be uncomfortable in the old seats.

The only people who can fit in the current seats are children and very slim adults.
 
2022-10-19 2:08:50 PM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

I don't think you and I are looking at the same picture. Every flight I've been on with some obese person sitting next to me would not have resulted in a more comfortable flight even with 4 more inches.

Maybe people need to take some personal responsibility for themselves and not let themselves go. In this day and age, obesity is largely a choice and we're doing no one any favors by normalizing it.

Perhaps you're not as skinny as you think then. You're not doing any favors by shaming people either.

Huh? That makes no sense. So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"? I give you exhibit A on "normalizing obesity". At my peak, I was 40 pounds overweight and you know what? I did something about it. And kept the weight off. Anyone can do it. People just need to want it, be willing to do something about it, and not make excuses.


Have you considered that maybe people are taking medications that make them gain weight?  Or have insulin resistance?  Or problems with their thyroid?  Or PCOS?

These are not weight issues that can be solved by eating less and exercising.
 
2022-10-19 2:10:09 PM  

waxbeans: neilbradley: The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

So kids should tell thier parents to fark off when told to clear their plate?

Go eat ghost peppers and eat a cock


Yes, kids should tell their parents to fark off when having bad advice shoved down their throat (literally). I was handed that shiat, too, when I was growing up but managed to overcome it. Others can, too. Also, we were talking about adults, here. I actually like ghost peppers. Cocks, not so much (except my own).
 
2022-10-19 2:11:03 PM  

waxbeans: neilbradley: The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

So kids should tell thier parents to fark off when told to clear their plate?

Go eat ghost peppers and eat a cock

.
My wife and I were talking about that the other day when I was throwing away food and said how guilty I felt. That's one of the worst hangovers from the great depression. My parents were raised with the clear your plate thing so we were too.
 
2022-10-19 2:12:18 PM  

TacoBeelzebub: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

I don't think you and I are looking at the same picture. Every flight I've been on with some obese person sitting next to me would not have resulted in a more comfortable flight even with 4 more inches.

Maybe people need to take some personal responsibility for themselves and not let themselves go. In this day and age, obesity is largely a choice and we're doing no one any favors by normalizing it.

Perhaps you're not as skinny as you think then. You're not doing any favors by shaming people either.

Huh? That makes no sense. So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"? I give you exhibit A on "normalizing obesity". At my peak, I was 40 pounds overweight and you know what? I did something about it. And kept the weight off. Anyone can do it. People just need to want it, be willing to do something about it, and not make excuses.

Have you considered that maybe people are taking medications that make them gain weight?  Or have insulin resistance?  Or problems with their thyroid?  Or PCOS?

These are not weight issues that can be solved by eating less and exercising.


Yeah, I hear that excuse all the time. Yes, there are those taking meds that cause them to gain weight, but I'm not addressing those with thyroid or other medical issues. That's not most people. Most obese people are fat farks that just won't do anything about it and use shiat like the above as an excuse to stay inactive.
 
2022-10-19 2:12:33 PM  

neilbradley: waxbeans: neilbradley: The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

So kids should tell thier parents to fark off when told to clear their plate?

Go eat ghost peppers and eat a cock

Yes, kids should tell their parents to fark off when having bad advice shoved down their throat (literally). I was handed that shiat, too, when I was growing up but managed to overcome it. Others can, too. Also, we were talking about adults, here. I actually like ghost peppers. Cocks, not so much (except my own).


Um, they aren't exactly aware it's bad advice. It's coming from their parents and they're children, not dieticians.
 
2022-10-19 2:14:15 PM  

TacoBeelzebub: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

You know what sucks worse?

TacoBeelzebub: I've been flying since the 1980s and watched the seats shrink from "comfortable" to "tolerable" to "medieval torture device." And then they wonder why everyone is so miserable and hostile during the flight.

They are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Which issue is easier to remedy? Not every obese person chooses to be fat. A choice was made to reduce the size of the seats.

The vast majority of obese people "choose" to be fat. Ease of remedy is irrelevant.

Sorry, but this is an issue created solely by the airlines so ease of remedy is perfectly relevant.

Solely? No. People have been getting fatter as well. Obesity has tripled in the last 50 years in the US. And all we hear are excuses about it.

So the obvious solution is to make the seats smaller.

Seats have dropped from 35 inches to 31 inches in the last 50 years. 4 Inches isn't enough to compensate for how fat people have gotten.

And "perfect hip size" for a woman is 36 inches.  So even a thin woman with "perfect" measurements would be uncomfortable in the old seats.

The only people who can fit in the current seats are children and very slim adults.


Hip size is 36 inches in circumference, not diameter (the seats are 31 inches wide), so you're comparing two different types of measurements to draw that conclusion. A woman with a 36 inch waist is not going to be >3 feet wide.
 
2022-10-19 2:17:45 PM  
Listen up you fat farks! It's your fault your fat. I know this guy, Neil, he lost weight so you can too! I can also hook you up with someone that became a millionaire overnight in real estate with no money down.
 
2022-10-19 2:39:41 PM  
I'd be happy if they just made all airline seats like they are in first class, ie. human-sized. Ticket prices can go up to reflect the drop in ticket sales. No matter to me as I don't pay for airline tix anyways (only fly for bidness). We're too mobile a society anyway. Airports have become Thunderdome.
 
2022-10-19 3:36:21 PM  

Earguy: Lots of people will book their seats as a couple, but select window and aisle seats, hoping that a single won't take the middle seat. Wonder if this is the case here.


The enormously fat brother and sister who booked the window and aisle seats? No, total coincidence. He booked his seat, and then she completely independently decided to take the same flight.
 
2022-10-19 3:43:10 PM  

Spawn_of_Cthulhu: You need to have a separate name for every seat you buy. Mr Spawn and I tried to buy 3 seats to share. Granted this was a while ago but airlines don't really have a buy 2 seats for one person option.

Once he couldn't fly home with me on a nonrefundable ticket because he had to go elsewhere in an emergency. We called the airline and they said they would sell the seat again even though we paid for it and they wouldn't refund if he didn't show. So I checked him in on a kiosk and got plenty of space for once.

How do you get around one name/one seat?  I'm not fat anymore but it would be nice not to share a row with a stranger if we ever fly again.


It can be done, but you have to call to book, most (all?) airlines don't offer it online.
 
2022-10-19 4:08:58 PM  

Walker: They need to start putting dividers between seats so "customers of size" do not intrude into the seat you paid for. If they are too big to fit into their assigned seat then they will need to buy two seats.

This is a safety issue. You can not block the aisle with your ass like this and you can not move to the right to take up the other guy's seat. Buy two seats.
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I have seen this pic many times over the years, but I never really asked myself, what happened to the armrest? I do not see it folded back. Can you even fold back aisle armrests? I'm a window guy.
 
2022-10-19 4:15:15 PM  

benelane: Walker: They need to start putting dividers between seats so "customers of size" do not intrude into the seat you paid for. If they are too big to fit into their assigned seat then they will need to buy two seats.

This is a safety issue. You can not block the aisle with your ass like this and you can not move to the right to take up the other guy's seat. Buy two seats.
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I have seen this pic many times over the years, but I never really asked myself, what happened to the armrest? I do not see it folded back. Can you even fold back aisle armrests? I'm a window guy.


I believe he's sitting on it.
 
2022-10-19 4:27:46 PM  

neilbradley: TacoBeelzebub: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

I don't think you and I are looking at the same picture. Every flight I've been on with some obese person sitting next to me would not have resulted in a more comfortable flight even with 4 more inches.

Maybe people need to take some personal responsibility for themselves and not let themselves go. In this day and age, obesity is largely a choice and we're doing no one any favors by normalizing it.

Perhaps you're not as skinny as you think then. You're not doing any favors by shaming people either.

Huh? That makes no sense. So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"? I give you exhibit A on "normalizing obesity". At my peak, I was 40 pounds overweight and you know what? I did something about it. And kept the weight off. Anyone can do it. People just need to want it, be willing to do something about it, and not make excuses.

Have you considered that maybe people are taking medications that make them gain weight?  Or have insulin resistance?  Or problems with their thyroid?  Or PCOS?

These are not weight issues that can be solved by eating less and exercising.

Yeah, I hear that excuse all the time. Yes, there are those taking meds that cause them to gain weight, but I'm not addressing those with thyroid or other medical issues. That's not most people. Most obese people are fat farks that just won't do anything about it and use shiat like the above as an excuse to stay inactive.


I'm going to assume that you're a younger person, in your 30s.

When I was in my 30s, I was a total gym rat.  Worked out 1 1/2 hours a day, 5 days a week.  I live near Disney World and had an annual pass, so on the weekends I was running around the Disney parks.  So I was super active.  And I believed, just as you do, that people were fat farks because they chose to be and all they needed to do was to eat right and get to the gym.

Then, I turned 40.  And I got laid off, so I had to get a new job.  The new job was a lot more demanding and I couldn't get to the gym as often.  I started to get really tired all the time and having really bad headaches.  On the weekends, I was lucky to get out of bed.  I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me; I figured that it was a bug or something and I'd get over it soon.  Meanwhile, my weight slowly crept up on me because due to the nature of my job, I was chained to my desk 12-16 hours a day.

When I finally dragged my ass to the doctor, I found out that my blood pressure was through the roof due to the stress of my job.  The doctor sent me in to get some bloodwork and... Surprise!  I had hypothyroidism and type 2 diabetes.  That was what was contributing to the tiredness, headaches and weight gain.  Turns out, all three health issues run on both sides of my family and no one ever told me about it (otherwise, I would have been hypervigilant about monitoring my health for them).  Average age for these health conditions to start showing up in members of my family? 40.  So it was a combination of genetics and a toxic work environment that led to me becoming a fat fark - two things that were completely out of my control.

I'm on the road to better health now -- I can keep all 3 conditions under control with meds, diet and exercise.  But I've changed my attitude about fat farks being fat farks because they choose to be, or because they're lazy.  If it happened to me, it could happen to anybody.
 
2022-10-19 5:23:40 PM  

neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"?

Yes it is. Do you think they don't know they are overweight and your revelation will spark them into weight loss?  Do you think they haven't considered that they need to loose weight? But I'm sure they'll be inspired by you, no doubt.

Actually yes, repeated pressure did spark me in to weight loss, so while it may not work for you, it does work for others. I guess by your estimation that we should just not mention it AT ALL and it'll all just work itself out? No, people are fat farks, and I say that as a former fat fark. But the difference is I took responsibility and did something about it instead of blaming others. Obesity is a problem that affects far more than just the obese person.


I have ascites and fluid will build up in my abdomen. This was caused by previous poor choices. Now I am vegetarian and have salt/fluid restrictions, but the condition will never go away. I have to go to the hospital to have the fluids drained every so often. They are only allowed to remove 5L at time. I cannot tell them to remove more to make me smaller. This can cause sudden kidney failure, so they will refuse to do it. Also, sometimes I need to fly on planes. I usually get a window seat so i can lean toward the window for an extra inch or two of space. I'm also tall. Therefore, I will mostly avoid getting up for any reason until we reach the destination. Sorry you have to sit next to someone as irresponsible as me. The airline doesn't let me buy two seats for one person.
 
2022-10-19 5:30:24 PM  

benelane: Walker: They need to start putting dividers between seats so "customers of size" do not intrude into the seat you paid for. If they are too big to fit into their assigned seat then they will need to buy two seats.

This is a safety issue. You can not block the aisle with your ass like this and you can not move to the right to take up the other guy's seat. Buy two seats.
[media-cldnry.s-nbcnews.com image 760x570]

I have seen this pic many times over the years, but I never really asked myself, what happened to the armrest? I do not see it folded back. Can you even fold back aisle armrests? I'm a window guy.


There's a button on the aisle seat one that you have to find to put it up, like underneath so you don't spread into aisle whole flight. That dude looks like he's sitting on it.
 
2022-10-19 5:34:36 PM  

TacoBeelzebub: neilbradley: TacoBeelzebub: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: optimistic_cynic: neilbradley: I don't get why this is "Controversial". It sucks being wedged between two fat people on a plane. It also sucks that people have been trying to normalize obesity for the last 10-15 years.

I don't think you and I are looking at the same picture. Every flight I've been on with some obese person sitting next to me would not have resulted in a more comfortable flight even with 4 more inches.

Maybe people need to take some personal responsibility for themselves and not let themselves go. In this day and age, obesity is largely a choice and we're doing no one any favors by normalizing it.

Perhaps you're not as skinny as you think then. You're not doing any favors by shaming people either.

Huh? That makes no sense. So mentioning that people might want to take some personal responsibility for their weight and health and somehow that's "shaming"? I give you exhibit A on "normalizing obesity". At my peak, I was 40 pounds overweight and you know what? I did something about it. And kept the weight off. Anyone can do it. People just need to want it, be willing to do something about it, and not make excuses.

Have you considered that maybe people are taking medications that make them gain weight?  Or have insulin resistance?  Or problems with their thyroid?  Or PCOS?

These are not weight issues that can be solved by eating less and exercising.

Yeah, I hear that excuse all the time. Yes, there are those taking meds that cause them to gain weight, but I'm not addressing those with thyroid or other medical issues. That's not most people. Most obese people are fat farks that just won't do anything about it and use shiat like the above as an excuse to stay inactive.

I'm going to assume that you're a younger person, in your 30s.


I'm 53. Lost my weight in my early 40s. I am not addressing those who have medical conditions. But I'll stand by what I originally stated in that most people who are obese are that way by choice (or apathy). Remember, "most" is not "all". If you have a medical condition or are gaining weight because of medication, that's not who I'm addressing.
 
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