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Nov 14th 2012 7:01PM Hey Pat, there really is no issue. I've come to terms with my body and don't see it as a negative, I was just using myself as an example as to why not all fat people are that way because of their choices.
We are definitely NOT sardines and no one likes someone else encroaching on their space regardless of the situation. I've been stuck between people who are much larger than myself and I will say it is not a fun time for anyone.
You have to realize that yes it is uncomfortable for those whose space is being taken over by another, but at the same time do you think it's comfortable to be sitting in a space not meant to accommodates ones body? I assure you they are just as uncomfortable as you and if they had other ways of transportation to their destination for the same price or even the same short travel time they most likely would to avoid potential embarrassing situations.
But their are people who would inconvenience themselves simply to avoid the chance of being ridiculed, being stared at with open disgust, having the person next to you claim in anger how they think this is ridiculous and demand to sit, or have the other person sit, somewhere else. It's discrimination against another human being and people think this type of behavior is OK.
They need to make changes that benefit EVERYONE and not just certain weight classes.
Nov 14th 2012 2:48PM Are any of you reading what you are typing?! Since when does being fat make you a lesser human being? Not every overweight person can control their weight. I personally eat healthier than majority of my "thin and normal" friends but while they sit their stuffing their faces with fast food and sweets without gaining an inch, I have to fight to maintain even my current weight. Also, every HUMAN BEING carries their weight differently, many carry their weight in their lower half, can have naturally wide set hips or even a larger rear which makes seating uncomfortable in any situation or at any weight. Airlines in America need to start treating ALL of their passengers as human beings and not just dollar signs.
Can you imagine the humiliation if someone told you that you were unable to ride in a plane because of your body? Did this person not also pay what you did to be on this flight? How do you not know if this person has just lost a significant amount of weight and this is their first flight in years? Are we that insensitive and uncomfortable with other people that we cannot bear touching for a few hours at a time. Traveling in close quarters with strangers is comfortable for no one. Have you ever travelled in a packed subway having to stand for an extended period of time with some strangers full body pressing against yours? You get over it because you BOTH have somewhere to go and BOTH paid to be in that space.
Instead of trying to make the most profit airlines should be concerned with making the most enjoyable experience for all their customers. This includes less seats on a flight to make more leg room and more room width wise, this also includes thinking of having a family seating area for those with young children/babies that is actually separated by sound blocking cloths or doors.
Being "thin and normal" does not make your experiences, wallet, and comfort more important than "those of size."
Sep 25th 2009 8:20PM I don't know if anyone has realized this but most of Disney's princess' have started as maids to a rich family. Just because she's a black princess she deserves to become a chef over being a maid? To me that seems a bit ridiculous.