Accommodating large people on airline
This isn’t true everywhere but I’ve experienced it myself so I know it happens.Clearing the browser cookies deletes the information related to your repeated visits and drops you back to the original pricepoint for that flight.I’ve heard that US sizes are one size larger but I find the whole thing confusing.I can’t find my tape measure but my last recorded ’roundest bit’ measurement was 63″ – including the largest circumference of my belly and butt.But I am hoping that sharing my personal experiences and the resultant tips & hints will help give a realistic portrayal of flying that both acknowledges the whole sucking part while still presenting it as possible, tolerable and, I hope, worth it for the ways in which it opens up myriad possibilities for new life experiences.My Story: I’m not exactly sure (year-wise) when I stopped flying.My world became only as large as my free time and car travel allowed. I was working hard and had a little extra money — enough to buy a first class, domestic ticket. Fueled by lust and giddy with romance, I closed my eyes and jumped.I flew from Portland, OR to New York for the annual NOLOSE conference. Encouraged, I tried again the next year, this time with a coach ticket on Jet Blue, which I’d heard good things about from fellow fatties. Then, two years ago, I fell in love with my best friend who had, of course, up and moved back to London. I did the fatty unthinkable – I booked a single, standard coach seat on an International flight. I decided to just get to the airport and let the cards fall where they may. He actually took up more room than I did in an effort to “put me in my place”.
The fear of people staring, saying cruel things, sighing or making a fuss when I sat next to them or, worse, being asked to leave a flight or purchase two seats — all of this felt insurmountable to me. But I steeled myself, determined to not let fear dictate the terms of my love-life.Again, the narrower hips aid me a bit in fitting in to plane seats, though the larger upper body means contorting a bit to avoid constantly being banged on the arm by toilet-bound passengers and drink carts.Also, I am relatively able-bodied which means I’m not able to speak first-hand for those whose mobility may differ. It just sucks a little less and you get a little tiny hot towel that no one actually understands.Imagine my surprise when I actually fit in the seat. Luckily I was so doe-eyed about my first trip to England and seeing that Girl o’mine that I didn’t have it in me to give a crap. I’ve clocked more fatty air miles in the last 2 years than in the rest of my entire life combined. (for me.) General Stuff: Booking: I’ve not yet had to book two seats so I’m afraid I can’t offer any insight on this, though I do know that it’s becoming more common for airlines to have official ‘passenger of size’ policies which you can find either on their various websites or by calling customer service.I just rolled my eyes, popped a Tylenol-PM and went to sleep. And while it’s never what I’d call enjoyable, it’s possible. Bear in mind as most of these policies are new, they may be inconsistently enforced so it’s very important for you to know your rights yourself rather than assuming the staff you come into contact with will. Some tips: If you’re traveling with a partner, book the aisle and the window seat and leave the middle seat empty.