For everyone who has had a long haul flight next to the mahossive sweaty bloke
I once flew back from Florence, and as we were boarding the plane, an Aircraft Mechanic was fettling the seat next to me. He was actually removing the armrest between the centre and window seat, to make a large bench seat. The last person on was an enormous whale of a woman, who must have been at least 35 stone. She sat right next to me and proceeded to struggle around for 20 mins to take off her trainers…ewww.
Another woman across the aisle then tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I’d mind swapping with her son as he was young and they hadn’t got seats next to each other. I’ve never moved so fast.
I guess in a round about way I’m saying this has my full support.Posted 4 years agoglenhSubscriber
Pik n Mix – Member
Tall people will weigh more than shorter people so how is being penalised for something out of your control fair?
Obviously you can do something about being a biffa but not a lanky.
The cost to the airline is directly related to weight though. It’s not being penalised, it’s just the way it is.Posted 4 years ago
As a tall person myself, I don’t feel victimised that I have to pay for twice as much food as some other people.
It could be combined with a weight watchers style congratulations when people weight a few pounds than the last time they flew.
The price is unlikely to be dramatically different unless someone really needs two seats then they need to pay twice the amount of a norm.Posted 4 years ago
I’m 5ft nothing. Time for some revenge on all you buggers who can reach things in cupboards and see out of the back of the car properly to reverse ! I need to stand on a box to use the peep hole on the front door.
I got sat next to a biffer once, when I was down at 50kgs. (er not that small any more) I might be small but I can make a lot of noise, and his fat was hanging right over into my seat. They moved me without too much fuss, I think they were just chancing it.Posted 4 years agosingletrackbikerMember
This has my support. Let’s face it, costing differences will be relatively minor for most healthy adults & when travelling even as a couple, will balance out against standard ticket prices. If travelling with kids, then there should be a benefit. Maybe if Berm Bandit had to pay a full ticket price for a 2 year old child, then have the airline squeeze (quite literally) someone into the next seat & spill across half of your childs seat & be grumpy about the fact that your child bumped into them (in the seat you’ve paid for), then perhaps that would alter your opinion?Posted 4 years ago
Mid -flight after much aggro & child unable to settle as so squashed into one side of seat, I offered to help the “gentleman” consume his lunch, tray & all if he didn’t shut up & move.
If the airline were to state he had to have two seats & they were paid for, then he can “spread” all he wants on his seats. If paying by weight only, then stick to your own seat.convertSubscriber
As someone who even at racing weight and 7% body fat was still 80kg I’m really trying to be outraged by this, but I can’t! It just makes sense – like it or lump it, it costs more to heft me across the planet than it does some skinny dwarf. Passenger body weight does make a mockery of all this weighing baggage and being charged for an extra kg when some gezzer is packing 30kg of extra pies around their middle and not paying for it.
edit – but if I’m going to pay for my weight I’ll damn well expect a bit more space! Seats designed like those gauge things they used to measure your feet in the shoe shop so we all get the same amount of space around us!Posted 4 years agonickcSubscriber
I think for a passenger aircraft (airbus 300 those sorts of things) most airlines use an averaged weight of 100kg anyway and even then it’s less than 20% of the weight of the plane at takeoff. It’s really not that big a deal on bigger airplanes. If it was the airlines would have done something.Posted 4 years ago
The peepholes use an extremely wide angle ‘fish eye’ type lens, so this wouldn’t be a problem. It certainly isn’t a problem for my mum, who I did exactly this for after the new door she had fitted inexplicably had the peephole about 6″ from the top of the door. So, about the eyeline of a lanky 6’3/4″ person.Posted 4 years ago
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