VIDEO: Fat and happy in the back of the aircraft bus

My little blog about airlines charging fat passengers for an extra seat evoked a nice response so here is my solution for keeping passengers – big and small – happy in economy class.

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12 Responses to VIDEO: Fat and happy in the back of the aircraft bus

  1. Ludwig von hapsburg XII "Stinky" April 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Oh no, you didn’t, RWG!

    That clip of that dude/dudette juggling their flub made me vomit all over my desktop.

    Was that live footage you shot while waiting for a recent United flight. I assume that is what the UA CS are making passengers do before they board as a means to verify their need for one seat, or multiple.

    Next time put a disclaimer on your video when showing manboobs.


  2. Tom April 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    RWG -what are you saying? I do not equate in flight entertainment with sitting next to fat people. I would rather read a book in comfort than surf the internet while someone’s FAT is hanging over my seat. I say let the 1/3 the population (Fat people) pay for their sins, not the healthy 2/3′s.

  3. Mary Kirby April 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    I don’t disagree with you. But the sad reality is that the majority of Americans are considered overweight. Despite this, airlines have no intention – or real incentive, yet – to make economy-class any roomier. The next best thing? A little distraction.

  4. ludwig von Hapsburg XII "Stinky" April 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    In my opinion, fat people are considered inflight entertainment. Have you ever seen them try and get through the aisle, or in the seat, and have you ever seen the look on their faces when they are told the crew is out of seatbelt extensions?

    Tommy Boy, seriously…ever read about thyroid impacting a person’s weight? Its a grey area. Sure you have the people who live at the Golden Corral or New Moon China Buffet, but have a heart, brother!

    And keep God out of it, you sinner man!

  5. On a diet before my next flight! April 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    I think the following article sums up the arguments for why airlines need to take the weight of passengers as a serious issue, however, I think flight connectivity is a separate argument and one that should be argued on its own merits. Given a choice between sitting squashed beside an overweight passenger and some inflight entertainment to distract me or sitting beside a regular sized passenger with only my own thoughts/book/in flight magazine for entertainment..I would definitely choose the latter.

    Article from May 12, 2003

    “Larger Americans Increases Airline Safety Concerns” After the US Airways Express Flight 5481 crash in January 2002 that killed all 21 people aboard, investigators have been looking at an airplane mechanical problem as well as airplane weight issues as possible contributors to the aviation crash. The FAA had ordered 15 airlines to check passenger weight following the airplane crash and found that passenger and baggage weight surpassed estimates currently in place.

    The airplane crash weight estimation was believed to be within 100 pounds of the maximum takeoff weight. Due to the average American weight increasing every year, many believe airplane weight estimates that exist since its’ 1995 creation is far too low. Especially in smaller airplanes, weight requirements can be crucial to the safety of the airplane passengers.

    In response to the FAA airplane crash survey regarding weight, some airlines have changed weight estimates to reflect more current size standards. The FAA has proposed different weight requirements for airplane passengers, which has been opposed by regional airlines because weight estimate increases can result in seat eliminations that can hurt sales.

  6. John Price April 24, 2009 at 6:56 am #

    So-called in-flight “entertainment” is like most TV – instant zap stuff, so I don’t want it, being used to keeping myself amused/occupied during long periods of relative inactivity. Give me a decent amount of room, and leave me alone – except perhaps for some food from time to time.
    Weigh anybody who looks to be above the “1995 standard” – and charge them for the excess, park them near the aircraft’s C.G. in a special area to ensure they don’t put the aircraft out of balance, and keep them well away from other pax. Flab is F O U L – and don’t come crying about “handicap” and “discrimination” …
    Alternatively, run special “Fatsos only” flights, and let them crowd each other.
    One of those dimension checkers such as are used for cabin baggage woukld also be a sensible thing to have at the gate, as well as the weigh-in section, to ensure that XXXXXL passengers won’t impinge on space that the M to XL pax have paid for.

  7. On a diet before my next flight! April 24, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    I have a suggestion for how the airlines can make money from transporting those passengers who cannot fit into John Prices “dimension checker” – tax the government for every large person who wishes to fly..that will force them to take responsibility for allowing US citizens to become so morbidly obese in the first instance.

    On the issue of inflight connectivity -
    How do you deal with the really annoying “skinny” passenger seating beside you wearing headphones with the volume up so loud that you spend your entire journey thinking up solutions – most of which would end up with you being greeted at the terminal by the men in white coats?

  8. Bob J April 24, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Sorry Mary I must disagree, although quite tough to do while you are looking so hot…

    There is no amount of inflight entertainment that is going to take my mind off the person next to me making me uncomfortable because of their body invading my space. Yes, I understand that a lot of people are overweight in the U.S, but this should not be an excuse or a hall pass to make others uncomfortable.

    Hey I know… each airline should have a couple of seats just behind first class that are really first class size seats but call it “Economy Plus Size”. They cost more (somewhere between coach and first), and you only get coach services. They are not available to purchase by a regular size person, but you can upgrade to them just before the flight boards if they are not needed or purchased by the large size people onboard. If you are allowed to upgrade to it and all of a sudden there is a really big person that is required to use it because of complaints, you must give it up.

    Unfortunatly I also see the overweight bringing on Burger King food bags on long flights. This is so sad that junk food is even offered at airports. Even Disneyland has gotten MUCH healthier food and dropped the McDonald’s agreement recently. If healthier food is all there is to eat, people will buy it.

  9. Andreas April 24, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Fat people are not inflight-entertainment!

    As soon as they approach, I must to retract my legs, as the fat ones always manage to step on my feet — with real impact. For people who are too tall to keep their feet between the seats, this is a real danger. (I’m not claiming that the ‘bigger ones’ behave malevolent, they simply can’t see what they tread on. And with a typical step length of one foot, they hit absolutely everything…)

    So to conclude, fat people make long-legged people’s lives miserable.

    Mary, how about starting a petition to make fat people also pay for tall people’s extra leg-room?
    (On success, you have an entirely unselfish dinner-invitation ;-)

  10. Ludwig von Hapsburg XII "Stinky" April 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    Oh, come now, Andreas…don’t be such a German, you goose-stepping fashionista you.

    And I think it’s high time you open up to the rest of the RWG community. Its clear you must have had your heart (and possibly pelvis) crushed by a full-figured lover. That’s OK, we’ve all been there, except maybe short of the fact that they were morbidly obese.

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s a freakin’ sardine can in there-I don’t care who you fly, but whether its fat people, smelly old people who take random dumps in their pants in mid-flight, screaming kids, unfriendly flight attendants (ref. United), chatterboxes and inordinate numbers of bearded Hasidic Jews (that’s right JFK-TLV), you may want to man up and fly a private jet, cause it ain’t gonna get any better than that.

    “Stinky” has left the building. Woooooooo!

  11. Tom April 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Why not have a system that rewards / punishes people who are below or above the standard weight for their gender? The airlines don’t weight individuals, they use an avaerage to calculate weight. What if on a given day, the majority are overweight? On a high density day I would think there could be adverse affects on the amount of runway needed for liftoff.

    Why not take it another step…reward attractive people and ding fuglies.

  12. Mary Kirby April 25, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Fat, thin, short, tall. I love you all. :)

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