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Question About Flying When Overweight

I have to fly out and I’m very concerned about seating. The flight was not fully booked when I called 2 days ago, but they say it now has been completely booked. I’m very overweight but couldn’t afford to buy two seats and now don’t know what to do.

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Does anyone have any tips or advice? Thank you.

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  1. Not the best advice but maybe some airlines have different size seats?? I am unsure I don’t think all airlines have the same standard sizing….

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  2. Maybe get bumped to first class? They have bigger seats

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  3. Kayla Jenny Kayla Jenny says:

    Ask for a seat belt extender?

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  4. KJ McAvany KJ McAvany says:

    How big is very big and how long is that flight? Im a big chick and the only issue I’ve ever had is on some airlines I need a seatbelt extender

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  5. If you’re feeling unsure get a seat belt extender…just in case. I’m somewhat Titanic myself and haven’t needed one on the last several flights I’ve taken. You may not need one either but it may give you peace of mind to have it. Book an aisle seat if you can.

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  6. Faye Segaran Faye Segaran says:

    I too am overweight and hate flying for that very reason. I usually get a window seat and upgrade where ever possible. Although I have never had to worry about buying two seats I imagine that upgrading would be cheaper then buying two seats. Other then that there is not much else you can do but get on that plane with your head held high and enjoy where ever you are going. Remember you will only be on that plane for a short time so do not let it ruin your trip. Good luck on your flight.

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    • Why should he hold his head high? Hold his head in shame more like it.

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    • Faye Segaran Faye Segaran says:

      Why … because you dont like it … no no my friend … no one should be made to feel low because of someone elses ideals … we dont know their life story or how they got where they are in life and reguardless it does not matter … everyone should hold their head up high … even you my friend … even you

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  7. It’s kind of unfair for the people beside you I know I’ve been on a plane with in between to bigger people and let’s just say I paid for a seat and got half a seat my opinion if you can’t fit in one by two out of respect not trying to be rude at all

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    • To the poster, you have every right to be on that plane than a smaller person does, and no – you don’t need to buy two seats to do it. Ignore rude comments such as this – even if there is a terrible disclaimer “not trying to be rude” – especially when that all that comments was. Seat belt extenders are great, and aisle seats allow you a bit extra space. Enjoy your flight.

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    • Actually there are policies in place that require an extra seat purchased if required

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    • Tre Hack Tre Hack says:

      Wasn’t rude at all.

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    • Figured I’d be rude no matter how I said it but sorry when I buy a seat I’d like my seat

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    • Rick Murch Rick Murch says:

      Airline seats are not built like cars, buses, boats, trains or any other form of transportation out there. Why do airlines have to squeeze every last dollar by putting in a couple extra seats. No other transportation method does this… The fault doesn’t lie with the customer… It lies with the industry. I didn’t find you “too” rude in your response. But… you should be blaming the airlines for not building like any other transport industry.

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    • Oh i fully blame the airlines I’m a 140 pounds and I fill a seat

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    • Curtis McCann I do agree with you. We all have a right to enjoy the seat we’ve paid a crap load of money for no matter what our sizes. That’s not being rude at all imo

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    • Sharon Ford Sharon Ford says:

      Curtis McCann your comment was not rude. I have been in the same situation and paid for a seat and got half a seat. Flying is not comfortable to begin with and barely enough room to move. No disrespect to overweight people but flights are not cheap and I agree with Curtis when I pay for a seat I expect a seat not a half seat.

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    • Thank you Sharon Ford I do agree with others that the airline is to blame for making seats tiny but also respect others I don’t make fun of fat people but I don’t respect them sitting in my seat I deal with it is never call them fat or be rude but it’s surely not fair to us

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    • I worked for Alaska airlines. We were told anyone whose butt was bigger than a keyboard to buy an extra seat. They didn’t like it when I asked if I use my keyboard to actually measure. Lol

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  8. Get an aisle seat.

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  9. I’m a big girl, take an isle seat this way you can stretch out if you need to. Definitely ask for a seat belt extender, flight attendants get asked all the time, it’s no big deal. If you can book your seat, choose the last row, I found it was helpful to be able to stand up and move around when I needed to.

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  10. Penny Miller Penny Miller says:

    Get there early…get an aisle seat

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  11. Ask for a seatbelt extender. Easier to sit by the window seat

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  12. I’m a big girl…I sometimes have to ask for a seatbelt extender. I ask for a window seat so I can hug the wall rather than lean over into the aisle. When you are bigger and trying not to impose on the person’s space next to you, people getting up to use the washroom and the flight attendants always bump into you. I find the window better. I ask the person next to me if they would mind putting the arm rest up as it digs in and is uncomfortable. Only if they seem nice though. If they don’t I suffer in silence. I try never to drink on the plane or before as I don’t want to disturb anyone by having to use the washroom. It’s a terrible ordeal. You can see people watching the big people and praying that they aren’t going to get stuck sitting next to the “fat” person.

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    • Nasab Radwan Nasab Radwan says:

      That is absolutely atrocious that you have to suffer in silence for some random strangers’ overly sensitive feelings.

      Get on that plane, enjoy your flight and if people dont like it, they’re always welcome to upgrade. It’s never your job to make sure people are comfortable at the expense of your happiness. You also paid for thosr seats and you are just as entitled to comfort as the next guy.

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    • Nasab Radwan unfortunately there are a lot of people who feel I need to pay for two seats, not just one. Which is true I suppose, except I really only need about 5-10% of the other seat. Oh well, if those people weren’t pissed at me for being fat…they’d be pissed at someone or something else. I just hope for quick flights. But thank you.

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    • Now here’s someone who understands!!!

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    • I’m also sorry that you feel you have to suffer in silence. You shouldn’t have too. I wish our world was kinder. There are so many things that you seem to have to prepare for regarding seating and thinking about other people’s feelings. Which I think you’re an amazing human for doing so (thinking of others feelings before your own). If I ever sit next to you on a plane, you’re having water even five if you have to and I’m getting up every damn time you need the washroom.

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    • It’s not a random stranger being overly sensitive, it’s someone who bought a seat on a plane that they fit into and don’t want to have to share with a random stranger who is too big for theirs. Sorry, but I am going to be just as uncomfortable having my personal space invaded.

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    • Megan Williams book first class and get a bigger seat if you don’t want people in your space. Stupid fuck.

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    • Nikko Adams Nikko Adams says:

      Why not just be kind to a fellow human being.

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    • Megan Williams people don’t have to be completely ignorant about it though. Why?!

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    • Kalista Morin name calling. This is what’s wrong with the world.

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    • I feel the need to clarify something….firstly, I am sure we have all had to sit through a flight where there was some discomfort caused for one reason or another. I would much rather sit next to a “fat” person than someone who is hacking up a lung or continually sniffing and sounding phlegmy. But that’s just me. And I’m sure we can all agree that airline seats definitely barely hold an average person let alone someone with even a little weight to lose. And for any of you suggesting “fat” people should get off our lazy asses and exercise…some of us do. Myself, I work retail and yesterday was on my feet from 8:30 am until 9:15 pm, with an hour break in there. I have plantar fasciitis on one foot, a heel spur on both heels, and a wrecked knee that was not from being over weight but tearing my knee 3 times over the course of my years in retail while doing stock. So even at the end of the day I still come home and walk my dog for at least a half an hour, usually an hour, without fail. And not that anyone that views “fat” people as second hand citizens care, in the last year, year and a half, I have lost close to a hundred pounds and hope to lose more. Not for any other reason than to become healthier. It’s certainly not so that you folks stop seeing me as a second hand citizen because then I will probably be ugly to you as my skin is loose or I have wrinkles or I have a slightly lazy eye that will offend you in someway. So when I say I need a little extra space, I mean that my thigh might touch yours and our shoulders may touch. I get how offensive that is to some…but I never stink!

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  13. MrWonderful says:

    Even though a snail moves quicker than you, I think you should walk and/or swim for once in your life. You take up aisle space in the grocery store. You are bitter because you’re obese and let yourself get that way. You are as big of strain on health care as immigrants and their reunified elderly family. You are even a strain on airline comfort and revenues.
    Take a hike, fatty.

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  14. Funny thing is, you don’t actually NEED 2 seats, they just want you to pay for them.

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    • Greg Ory Greg Ory says:

      Depends on the person. I’ve seen people who are big enough to fill three seats if they were able to get their legs in. There are some cases where the airline is justified in charging for 2 seats.

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    • Oh, I don’t doubt it, but on an otherwise full flight, it’s not like they’re going to bump someone to give the obese passengers the extra room.

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  15. Lose some weight. Will improve all other aspects of your life as well.

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  16. Air Canada has bigger seats than west jet

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  17. Maya Dines Maya Dines says:

    Choose an aisle seat, and if you can see the seating plan it usually tells you which rows/ seats have more leg room. If you need to pay extra, it’s worth it and it’s not too much. Usually the first row after business class and never the exits row

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  18. I flew in a small connecting flight (50 people) to Calgary when I was nearly 400 lbs about 3 years ago and although it was tight I managed. I just made sure I was very clean and kept my arms kind of crossed in front of me so as no to bother the person next to me. You may have to request a seatbelt extension from a flight attendant. Don’t worry, they are used to this request and won’t make you feel bad. Good luck and happy travels!!

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  19. Tina Duncan Tina Duncan says:

    I’m usually the one that gets put next to a screaming baby, overweight person, or someone who needs to get up 50 times during a flight!

    One time I was sitting in the middle seat with a fairly large man beside me. He asked if he could put up the arm rest for a bit more room and I said sure. The only thing I suggest is don’t fidget (if possible) as all the seats are connected and please shower before the flight. Nothing worse then sitting next to someone who stinks!

    Other then being a bit squished my flight was fine.

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  20. If you can, ask for an emergency exit – if you are able to it. I find that they have more leg room and sometimes an empty seat. Good luck with ur flight and if you have any questions feel free to message me!! Enjoy your trip!!!

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  21. Scott Green Scott Green says:

    Make sure you get an seat towards the middle of the plane. The stewardesses will be accommodating if you explain the issue. I also recommend a gift of chocolates for any inconvenience you cause.

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  22. You should probably just not go. All too often I have to sit next to obese people. It’s super uncomfortable and they smell like poo.

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  23. Really your life must be in a sad state of affairs. Why not just skip the flight and focus on not eating yourself to death. If that flight has an emergency, you are 14 times more likely to kill someone else by obstructing a path or just falling on someone. Maybe put down the Twinkie, go for a walk and think about the failure you’ve become. Can’t even fit on a plane ffs.

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  24. Brian Booth Brian Booth says:

    All I would say is make sure you bathe before hand. I don’t mind sitting next to bigger people as I am a bigger guy myself but B.O. is the worst. Cross your fingers you don’t get sat next to a garbage human being and you’ll be alright

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  25. What a stupid cunt

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  26. Sarah Smith Sarah Smith says:

    Have you read any of the comments you’ve posted throughout this entire discussion? You are a class act.
    I get it, you’re a huge bitch(in more ways than one) but it doesn’t mean you have to shit all over society because of it. You’re huge, people are mean, deal with that you fucking twat.

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  27. There’s a reason you’re single

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  28. I met one of my dearest friends on a flight to Vancouver, and she was a big girl too. First thing she said to me ‘jeez I hope I can get a seat belt extender!’ As she struggled with her seat belt. She had me laughing the whole flight, and continues to, to this day. I know this doesn’t maybe ease your worry, but not all people are going to react negatively to your size. Hopefully that’s the case with you. Good luck, and have a great flight!

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    • Greg Ory Greg Ory says:

      I don’t think that anyone is questioning her character. I think the bigger issue here is that people don’t like getting cramped in a seat that is already too bloody small in the first place. I sat beside a guy that was so big, his arm came across my chest and I had to squeeze over to the point where I was only able to use about 70% of my seat. I was upset and I hardly think that makes me insensitive or rude. I paid good money for that seat and I deserve to be comfortable. He may have been the nicest man in the world, but he was well over into my seat. That’s just B.S.

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    • I’m tiny. And very easy going. She made me laugh. Now we’re lifelong friends. Simple as that.

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  29. Honey, book first class the seats are bigger!

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  30. Westjet plus has nobody in the middle seat guaranteed .. upgrades range from 50-200dollars depending on the flight length

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  31. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    Some seats have more space at the emergency exit. Call the airline and find out

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  32. I would call the airline ahead of time and explain what the issue is so they can make note of it. They can ensure you get the best seat for you ahead of time. 24 hours before the flight you can also take a look at the plus seating. If you can afford it, you may be able to get a bigger seat last minute.

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  33. Sarah Smith Sarah Smith says:

    Haha, you can lose weight…. That’s hilarious. You’re fucking huge now and you’re only 20ish. If that little rat of a husband you have sticks around long enough to find a way in between your thighs and fuck you, you’ll get even sloppier after a couple of kids. Then he’ll definitely ditch your huge ass. Don’t kid yourself, we all know you ain’t hittin no treadmill anytime soon. You’re a nasty person, you’re angry about it and it shows. Stop being a clown and everyone will stop laughing at you.

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  34. Sleff James Sleff James says:

    Ya that was pretty harsh. I only read the last four comments

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  35. Next time plan ahead. You had these tickets for how long?

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  36. If we knew who you were flying with it may help. Some airlines have costumer of size policies.

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  37. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    Sit down side ways in seat and pretend you got stuck. If that doesn’t seal the deal start passing gas.

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  38. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    Something tells me you have plenty of time on your hands to investigate his profile Scruff McGruff

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  39. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    Put yourself in a pet carrier and have a friend skid-steer you to the front door

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  40. I have the double-whammy of being fat and tall, so space is always at a premium. I do whatever possible to avoid the middle seat, because being hemmed in by two strangers is my definition of awkwardness Hell. I prefer the aisle seats because I can stretch my legs a little better on occasion – if there’s any way possible to get a seat by the emergency exit, take it. Get a seatbelt extender if you need it, lift armrests if your seatmate allows it, don’t allow yourself to be bogged down by negative self-talk. Be sure to get up and walk if you can (also a good reason for an aisle seat); I know that sometimes I become very tense after an hour or two of trying to squeeze into smaller spaces – holding my elbows in, wedging my knees against the seat in front of me, trying not to invade anyone else’s personal space – being able to stand for a moment can make a big difference.

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  41. OP: Help me doctor, I’m overweight and am having problems.
    Dr: Losing weight is the best solution.
    OP: LOL UR IGNORANT

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  42. Carly Anne Carly Anne says:

    Was exactly what i was going to say no wonder your single.

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  43. Kelly Smith Kelly Smith says:

    maybe if seats were big enuff for ppl the issue wouldn’t be here.. instead of sardines stuffed in a can seats

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