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Nov 21st 2008 12:44PM Hmm. I'm really torn on this one. On one hand it appears that collective passengers of Airlines are subsidizing obese or disabled individuals and their caregivers which is not really fair to "normally" sized individuals. On the other hand some (not all but some) people truly cannot help being obese or disabled, and deserve the same rights as all human beings.
The result begs the question, should we as a society make a concerted effort to equalize the playing field for those who are less fortunate? I believe in Universal Health Care, Social Services for all, Feeding the Homeless etc., so I suspect this would have to fit in the same category.
I guess whether self-induced or genetic obesity and physical/mental disabilities are debilitating and all efforts should be made to extend the regular comforts of life to individuals who suffer from these disorders.