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Plus-size travelers hit out at ‘discriminatory’ airline seat policies

While the average width of an airplane seat has been shrinking for decades, bodies are getting larger around the world, with experts predicting that over half of the global population will be overweight or obese by 2035. This ultimately means that more and more passengers are likely to be finding it difficult to fit into airplane seats, and some may be hit in the pocket as a result. ( More...

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Chris B 4
Maybe this is why I prefer Airbus over Boeing. Seats typically are an inch wider.
k1121j 4
i better not have to pay more because people are fat...

linbb 1
I agree its just like other things people whine about its not there fault always someone elses so everyone pays for there stupid deal ever what it might be.
jeff slack -2
Sorry dude, I have no intention of paying for your overweight arse to fly, I am not paying for your inability to quell your appetite and maintain a normal weight.

We all face consequences for our decisions.
Planes have become lighter to burn less fuel and the gains are being absorbed by the increased weight of passengers.

For sure I will be voted down but I have to tell you more people feel the way I do than not.
Torsten Hoff 3
From a squawk I posted a couple of days ago (

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American man is 199.8 pounds, and the average American woman is 170.8 pounds as of 2018. In 1960, the average American man was 166.3 pounds, and the average American woman was 140.2 pounds. In both cases, males and females are about half an inch taller than they were 60 years ago. As of March 2020, the CDC said that more than 40 percent of American adults over the age of 20 are obese."

While a small percentage of the US population may have a medical or genetic condition that results in excessive body weight, for the vast majority the problem is due to personal choices. If they chose to be obese, they should be responsible for the consequences, including paying for seats that are able to accommodate them.
jeff slack 1
Thank you.
A reality commentators here do not want to embrace; I love facts.
Rick D 1
do not want to embrace. I see what you did there.
Peter Fuller 1
“While the average width of an airplane seat has been shrinking for decades…” Really? The Boeing single-aisle fuselage width (still used in the 737MAX) was designed in the 1950s, over six decades ago. The Airbus single-aisle fuselage width (still used in the A320neo family) was designed in the early 1980s, four decades ago. Seat width on these 6-across types, which are the majority of worldwide airline fleets, can’t have been much wider if at all than they are now, ‘cause you still need an aisle.

I think it’s not that the seats got narrower, but that the passengers got wider.
Rick D -1
‘We’re paying twice for the same experience’ You are not paying twice for the same experience. You are paying for a second seat that you require. Absolutely no discrimination. Your argument carries no weight.


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