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Nov 14th 2012 3:28PM Howie said, "I have to say I am happy United cracks down on this. As a person who is 6'4" and 220 by no means overweight. I often buy an extra set for long flights just so I am comfortable. It makes a flight very difficult when the person next to you is pushing into your space."
The point is, YOU shouldn't have to do that simply because you are tall, either. It's your body and you are stuck with it and you don't deserve to have to shell out extra because the airlines refuse to comfortably accommodate their passengers' bodies.
Nov 14th 2012 2:57PM Even SMALL people don't have enough room on airplanes, I think it's utterly RIDICULOUS to DISCRIMINATE against large people because the airlines refuse to accommodate their customers in general. Flying costs enough money between the ticket price and all the extra fees and taxes they charge these days (without bothering to feed you anymore), the least they can do is TRY and make it comfortable for everyone and NOT by charging extra to the select few that they are uncomfortable looking at. They accommodate people with wheelchairs and families flying with children and freakin' pets (no one considers the passengers that are TERRIBLY ALERGIC to animals), they should accommodate passengers of size.
I also have to disagree that United is the worst airline for "passengers of size." I just flew Southwest with a bunch of friends for a wedding we were all attending. I am a juicy girl, as is my friend. We had a plan with our other friends who were parents of six year old twins, that one of the twins would sit between me and my juicy friend and the other twin would sit between her parents. Everyone's comfy, no other passengers would be encroached upon AND people who hate sitting next to kids wouldn't have to deal with THAT, either. However, Southwest took my friend aside and forced my friend to buy another seat anyway, regardless of our perfect solution, which they were not interested in. They did not force me to buy another seat, even though we wear the same size (she is merely taller). They did not force at least three other men who were just as tall and wide as she was (or more) to purchase another seat. No. Just my friend. They simply thought it would be okay to punish her for being fat woman.
I don't care WHAT skinny people say. This kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable.