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The Bottom Line on Airline Seats: We're Getting Larger

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Lady Xanadu (48)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 7:19 am
Discrimination alive & well & profitable it seems for the airlines.
"It's not the size of a person's butt that's the issue. It's the size of the seat the butt is sitting in."

l dueker (176)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 8:43 am
So, They say...
Well I am a 120 pounds soak and wet, If I am lucky.
I dont fly, Ill fall through the seat belts if they had to expand them due to women and men being over weight.
I will not lie I have a inner big chick that tries to escape and I shut her up with chocolate LOL.
Seriously though, Let me stop joking and get down to biz here,. If people that fly are to large, to the point, like Silent Bob from clerks for instance, If you buy two seats on a plane you get two meals...
Wonder who is helping the airline passengers gain weight?
extend the seat belt, give chocolate to the two seater's instead of two full meals
Just saying is all...
Or chunky loves just get in a rental leave early enjoy the view of the trip, let the booty spill out in the passenger seat, munch on some andes chocolate mints, and keep rolling.
-- Lol Grace.
Thanks for the news Lone.

Theodore R. WOZNICK (431)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 10:27 am

Gillian M (218)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 10:49 am
I'm small and medium width and I have real problems with airplane seats.

Jeannine Frattali (0)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 11:04 am
I don't fly much, but I'm only 4'11" about 136 lbs which is more muscular than fat due to working out. I last flew in 2004 and I thought the seats in coach were a bit tight, even for me. I know they have shrunk from when I was young in the late 1970's and early 1980's because it was just so much more uncomfortable than I remember. MY legs didn't have much leg room and I've only got a 27" inseam. I felt claustrophobic all around because everyone around me is bigger than I am in most cases to begin with. But, very large people are becoming the norm and if they are purchasing 2 seats due to their size, I think the airline is making enough off of that person to begin with. If they are large enough to take up the two seats, there is no issue with weight distribution since they are heavy enough to be the 2 people that would be in the seats. The biggest issue I can see is more aisle width and bathroom size.

Jeanne M (84)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 11:35 am
I don't know why the airlines bother with seats that recline. On my last flight, if I had reclined my seat, I would have been lying in someone's lap. As for leg and elbow room, neither of which has anything to do with weight - but there, I can feel my blood pressure rising. Time to go to another story.

Lynn M (192)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 12:27 pm
Super-size me? Unhealthy for us, profitable for them. Bottom line...trying to cram as many people as possible into the interior of the plane with no concerns about comfort. Once again, John Q. Public gets screwed to the wall!

Jean M (143)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 1:41 pm
Airline seats are just normally uncomfortable, especially since they offer no elbow room if the person next to you puts their elbow on the arm rest then the other person must travel with their arms in their lap. How about inlarging the room between the seat in front of you so when anyone on the inside has to make a trip to the powder room everyone does not have to get up out of their seats. I guess one must fly first class to be treated as a real person and not a herd.

Catherine Turley (192)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 6:11 pm
i was so mad after the kevin smith incident, i had to tweet it. they don't give me a discount because i weigh less than most people. i'm the first person to advocate healthy living, but you don't punish people who likely already feel badly about themselves. why can't they make bench style seats that have sliding armrests as dividers. i could give up a couple of inches to accomodate someone else.

Debbie G (306)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 8:47 pm
Airlines are not good. They're in trouble financially and they don't care about their customers. What else can I say? Drive or take a train if you can.

Thursday February 18, 2010, 9:26 pm
it is disgusting how so manyh americans are fat. it is becoming more and more common for americans to walk around with 30 or more extra pds on fat. we are becoming a nation of fat. lazy gutton people

Shirley S (187)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 10:26 pm
The experts are blaming the huge increase of weight to FAST FOOD consumption & I agree with them. We are much better off preparing our HEALTHY meals at home.

James M (29)
Friday February 19, 2010, 9:51 pm
I'm sorry but as far as I am concerned the airlines are guilty of discrimination, some people just have a genetic predisposition to be fat and to charge them for two seats just because they are overweight is an outright travesty! I only weight 160 lbs, mostly water and muscle and I think it is terribly wrong to do this. How about just build bigger seats??? We paid millions to bail these companies out and they pull this crap?! There should be a bill passed making this illegal and the people that were forced to pay extra should file discrimination lawsuits! Ridiculous!

Kay O (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 6:23 pm
I think it's both. Airlines want more revenue so they're making the seats smaller and more numerous. I
also think there's unfortunately an obesity problem in the US. Walk to the mass transit and bike more,
less car use.
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