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2002-10-21 09:01:42 AM  
Ought to put those blubber butts in the cargo hold. Better yet, put two of them together and watch the fun.
2002-10-21 04:57:45 PM  
Ya know, an elbow to the offending body part does wonders on planes.

Also, DAMN! That's some pretty extensive injury from being squished. If I were the woman, I would have just sat in the aisle, and then I could have sued for being run over by the beverage cart too. And did she sue the obese person also, or just the airline? 'Cuz it's kinda both of them at fault.
2002-10-21 04:58:40 PM  
Funniest Part of Article:

"National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance"

They wouldn't be so bad, except they usually stink, too...

Best Regards,


2002-10-21 04:58:45 PM  
Wasn't the basket of scones and tea cookies sufficient?
2002-10-21 04:59:44 PM  
"National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance"

2002-10-21 04:59:58 PM  
This is why John Madden uses a bus...
2002-10-21 04:59:58 PM  
Oh, the horror. The horror!
2002-10-21 05:00:44 PM  
I like Possum's idea of putting two of them together.
$20K (US) is a bargain for the airline company. If the woman who spilled coffee on herself got on the order of $1M, this one wasn't even the result of the customer's stupidity.
Someone probably asked this when airlines first started charging fat people for two seats, but how do they decide if someone needs two? They have a little measuring device for people's baggage up front, but to they have such a thing for rear ends too?
My solution: bench seats.
2002-10-21 05:01:18 PM  
I think this sounds fair: The arm rest doesn't go up unless the people on both sides of it agree. If you can't fit in the one seat then you should have bought two.
2002-10-21 05:01:57 PM  
"Making fun of fat people, it's what we're good for here at fark."
2002-10-21 05:02:35 PM  
All of you skinny idiots suck! Fark you! I LOVE being fat..in fact I prefer the term morbidly obese! I sit around all day watching TV and eating great food! You suck wads are just jealous. I eat any time I want and as often as I want and as much as I want. It is GREAT! I do as little as possible. The only time I leave is to go to a restaurant.

The best thing is I apply for handicap licenses...and get them!!!! HA HA HA you skinny freak puny little jerk-offs! I love the fact that I will soon be able to sue the fark out of McD's and stuff! Then I will be rich, lazy, and fat. AAAHHH HAAAAA! You skinny farks suck.

Tell me why I need self-discipline, or exercise? Why shouldn't I eat everything. What is the big deal? Here is another great thing...soon, and it is coming, the day when it will be PC not to say anything about fat people. Whoo Hooo!

Stay the fark away from MY BUFFETS!!! You emaciated, gaunt suckwads do not belong in my domain. I will eat you and your children if you get near my plate. I laugh my head off when I see your macilent faces look at me as I come back with my plate (filled to the top) for the 3rd time! Why do you even go to those places? At least I get my money out of it. You pay your $8 and eat half a plate then moan how full you are...God, you are so pathetic. At least you could eat the $8 worth. Oh, wait, so you are a scrawny freak AND poor at money management...figures. You disgust, revolt, and nauseate me and my friends, you really don't deserve to live. If you want to eat that little...move to Ethiopia or something, get out of my country. Yes it is my country because, we are getting fatter.

You skinny people don't need all that room on your seat in the plane! You suck, you mal-nourished stick freaks! I love it when a quarter of my massive fat laden body hangs over onto your seat. I know that you feel uncomfortable and I just sit there and laugh to myself! I REALLY like it when my fat rolls touch you and I have that smell that I sometimes get! And you get all sick and disgusted because the warm oily smell of my body is touching you! I almost laugh aloud when you don't want to eat because I disgust you! Inside I'm thinking "Fark you, you freak, gimme your plate, I'll show you what eating is about!"

Eat well! Eat lots! Move as little as possible!

Fark off you stupid skinny little farkers!

Phillipians 3:19
Their future is eternal destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and all they think about is this life here on earth.



David Mills: Wait, I thought all you did was kill innocent people.
John Doe: Innocent? Is that supposed to be funny? An obese man... a disgusting man who could barely stand up; a man who if you saw him on the street, you'd point him out to your friends so that they could join you in mocking him; a man, who if you saw him while you were eating, you wouldn't be able to finish your meal.
2002-10-21 05:03:59 PM  
I fully expect Farker's to debate this issue in a senstitve and caring way, as they find a solution to the problem.
2002-10-21 05:04:34 PM  
"National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance" heh...

I bet the judge carefully weighed the decision.
2002-10-21 05:06:12 PM  
My crystal ball tells me a lotta posts will be deleted before this thread is done so, i'll play nice to make a point.

I went to see "The Ring " this past weekend. Stadium seating. And the theatre was half full. What happens ? The person in the back row is banging away on the chairs with his foot like he was sending morse code, the person in front of me kept "rocking " the reclining chair so that it kept hitting my knees. Very annoying, I had to move. All this for a $5.00 movie ticket.
My point ? If I were on a flight paying hundreds for my ticket, I damn well better be as comfortable as possible, I think a person that has a weight problem should buy two tickets if one seat cannot reasonably accomodate them. Just common sense. Why should one person suffer to make another comfortable ? And I applaud that lady for making THE AIRLINE acknoledge they're wrong (in a roundabout way).

2002-10-21 05:07:08 PM  
Sunbelly writes: Ya know, an elbow to the offending body part does wonders on planes.
What good would that do? What if the offending body part is the torso? "I'm sorry. I'll try to be narrower"?
2002-10-21 05:08:19 PM  
Hey Fatty! I got a movie for you... "A Fridge Too Far"

2002-10-21 05:14:31 PM  
dserhal - joke right?
... 6' / 135 ...
2002-10-21 05:14:31 PM  
It stops being discrimination against fat, when your fat becomes injurious to the innocent people in your gravity well.
2002-10-21 05:15:36 PM  
Never give up the armrest. If they can't raise it, they can't overflow as easily.
2002-10-21 05:17:09 PM  
the fat people need to "advance" right into a gym.. and stay there.
2002-10-21 05:19:15 PM  
If you can't afford to sit in First Class, you can't afford to get that fat.

The best things about fat people, they usually think they're tough, they bruse real easily and they're soft to punch.
2002-10-21 05:19:41 PM  
rofl Harry_hood19
2002-10-21 05:19:49 PM  
YES!!! I love fat people suck threads!!!
2002-10-21 05:21:47 PM  
I don't care if that was a joke, or your true, real feelings shining through. That was farking brilliant! For all the super skinny folks who rant for paragrpah's, you have given them a does of what ails them. No, I'm not a big fatty. Just amused by your candor, or wit. Whichever it may be.
2002-10-21 05:21:47 PM  
dserhal: Fine. Be fat. I'll just live longer, and I (hopefully) won't die a slow, painful death; unless, that is, you decide to suffocate me in the reams of fat you're packing...

sorry, bad taste, but if you are going to be proud of it...
2002-10-21 05:22:39 PM  
I'M DEAD SEXY! (don't have an image server to post the pic)
2002-10-21 05:24:11 PM  
My new word for the day:
lipoclaustrophobia: fear of being in a confined space with fat people.
2002-10-21 05:24:11 PM  
Yo mama's so fat she got smaller fat women in orbit around her.
2002-10-21 05:24:47 PM  
The best thing about sitting next to a fat person is a free lap dance and the best skin flick you'll ever see.

Now showing on the wide screen at no extra charge.
2002-10-21 05:26:09 PM  
I used to hear how bad Southwest Airlines was about cramming people onto their planes, and how crowded and smelly it was. First time I flew on SWA, I just so happened to sit to the left of a guy with no left arm. I had both armrests to myself, and tons of room.

"You using that?" He didn't think it was so funny.
2002-10-21 05:28:58 PM  
what is with these new advertising links. Do they automatically appear if you type something like packing or airline ? At first I only saw them a few places. They appear to be spreading
2002-10-21 05:29:09 PM  
Dattaway, you are onto something. If this ever happens to me I'm going to use the intercom to ask anyone with a fatty-fetish to trade seats with me.
2002-10-21 05:33:18 PM  
They really should offer airline ticket prices based on weight and size: combine the weight of your luggage plus your own body weight (measured at the gate) and that's price you pay..if your body frame covers more of an area than a normal seat, pay for two of them.

Me: Travel light (overnight bag and backpack), 140lbs
Fatty beside me on trip to Montreal: Hockey bag filled with clothes and other stuff, plus carry-on laptop, 240lbs (estimate)

And we pay the same price for a ticket? It takes more energy/fuel to get the plane off the ground if he's in it than if I'm in it.

I'm sure someone grossly obese would call it discrimination, but then why is it okay to charge more money to mail a heavier package than a lighter package? No one complains about that!
2002-10-21 05:35:10 PM  
*I have every right to make fun of fat people. I weighed 185 pounds in Junior-High. I'm now 5'9' and weigh a solid 200, by dint of effort.

Sammy Davis Jr. was the most gifted comic I've ever seen: He was short, homely, Jewish, black, crippled . . he could make fun of anybody!
2002-10-21 05:35:50 PM  
I haven't read this thread because I know what it's going to be - a lot of people biatching about how disgusting fat people are.

The real problem here is that airlines treat people like chattel. They will slowly but surely squeeze the seats down and remove carry-on priveleges so they can squeeze more revenue out of increasingly older and less safe planes, and crowd them up on the schedule until there's no chance of ever arriving on time.

Your discomfort is their profit.
2002-10-21 05:39:34 PM  
Question on the application to be a lawyer for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

True or false? Spell Attorney.
(yes) (no)

Would someone please clarify how charging someone whose @$$ requires the space of two seats for... two seats... how that is discrimination?
My @$$ comfortably fits within the space allotted to one and all for one seat, so I expect to pay for one seat.

I think that it would go a LONG way toward public acceptance of the obese if they would not biatch and complain about the challenges of being obese and either attend to the basic requirements of their dimensions (buy the extra damned seat), or go on a diet so that they don't have to.

They're very willing to take responsibility for thier poor health and the extensive dietary requirements necessary to maintain or expand their current condition. Why aren't they more accomodating when faced with financial and social requirements when flying?

If the airlines lose this battle, they should simply charge for the additional fuel required for anyone who is clearly morbidly obese.
2002-10-21 05:39:34 PM  
lol Longview, I like it
2002-10-21 05:43:28 PM  
The real problem here is that airlines treat people like chattel.

Extremely well-said. I've been calling transcontinental flights "the middle passage" for a while now, to nobody's amusement. But now that making jokes buys you a rectal exam, even on the spot verbal criticism of anything the airline does is verboten.

I like the train.
2002-10-21 05:48:07 PM  
Well, the airline industry may treat passengers like chattel, but it doesn't seem to help them make a profit.

I think they'd have to double the number of passengers per cubic foot before they even broke even.

I think this is result of too many MBAs.
2002-10-21 05:50:59 PM  
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I'm not fat, I'm big boned!
2002-10-21 05:51:05 PM  
Jeezus farking chrriist!! She should have sued the fata$$ person, not the airline.

This is why southwest charges fat people for 2 seats.
2002-10-21 05:56:22 PM  
Which will win: Fark's hatred of lawsuits, or Fark's hatred of fat people?

The immovable object versus the irresistable force.
2002-10-21 05:59:07 PM  
WriteInCandidate: The woman who spilled coffee on herself didn't get a million dollars. McDonalds won on appeal and she settled out of court for an "undisclosed sum" (read: her medical bills and free McNuggets for life).
2002-10-21 06:00:58 PM  
10-21-02 05:26:09 PM Kpar90
First time I flew on SWA, I just so happened to sit to the left of a guy with no left arm. I had both armrests to myself, and tons of room.

"You using that?" He didn't think it was so funny.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...thanks to you my co-workers now know I am not working
2002-10-21 06:02:38 PM  
Nightsweat: I agree that the airlines are making every effort to pack more bodies in the same amount of space. it seems that the economy of air travel is forcing them to make adjustments in order to be profitable.
The unfortunate truth is that the seats that we grew up in are no longer in existence behind the second curtain, and not everyone can afford Business Class +.

My problem is that there are actually people who are raising a stink about perhaps being asked to pay for the space that their physical dimensions require.

Overcrowding on airlines (particularly on the cattle-call short haul carriers) is already a problem for everyone, not only people who are overweight. The problem is exacerbated by having to share purchased space with a human sphere who not only takes up their own space, but 1/3 of another's (and obstructs the drink cart in the aisle to boot).

The newly exacerbated problem is made altogether more ridiculous by the fact that said class of people are making a fuss about a rule that, though somewhat costly, will make the flight far more comfortable (and safe) for them AND their neighbors.
2002-10-21 06:10:36 PM  

Fat people suck.

You're fat and disgusting. Cover up.
2002-10-21 06:14:34 PM  
As someone who isn't quite 100 lbs. I must say that I HOG the hell out of my armrests when flying! You have NO IDEA what it is like to see a fatty salivating in your genera l direction as they waddle toward my row. I know they're thinking "oooh, a skinny one...I can have all the room I want." Well to that I say, tough shiat! I paid the same for my ticket as you did. Now gimme MY armrest!!! And don't even think of pilfering my peanuts!

2002-10-21 06:18:41 PM  
2002-10-21 06:24:36 PM  
Okay. I think I must speak up for the fat person here.

This story was on the local news tonight, and the woman who sued seriously seemed like a whining little biatch. On a 13 hour flight, she didn't get out of her seat and take a stroll up and down the aisle. Not once. And she complains she was uncomfortable. Why didn't she... oh, I dunno... ask to move to another seat?

Maybe because if she had been moved she wouldn't have got £13,000?

I understand how it sucks to be stuck next to a fatso on a 13 hour flight, but sheeesh, people who launch lawsuits at the drop of a hat really piss me off.
2002-10-21 06:28:23 PM  
It said in the article that they had the fat person sit adjacent to someone else because the flight was full (ie, no room to move somewhere else). I haven't flown since 9/11, but based on the articles posted on FARK, it sounds like getting up and taking a stroll around the plane is a good way to get the plane landed very quickly, and strip searched.
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