Originally Posted by Rick
Saw on news today where Southwest may start charging overweight people double fare (not sure of weight parameters). This would increase cruise costs if they carry through with this. Do you think this is fair? Should overweight people pay more.....certainly some need 2 seats. I think they should pay if they require 2 seats. I am not surprised at Southwests proposal and think other airlines will sit back and see how it goes before doing or not doing the same. I am not real surprised at the possibility of overweight people having to pay more to fly. .We are a country of overweight and obese people. US surgeon general stated earlier this year that this year deaths/illness due to overweight will surpass death/illness attributed to smoking. If not now..then in the near future, I would not be surprised to find that Companies will try not to hire obese people due to health costs. But for now........How do you feel about Southwests possible actions.
The airlines have been dealing with issues pertaining to encroachment on other passengers for years.
It is a matter of time before passengers must request seatbelt extensions during ticket purchase.
Most airlines are in the process of reconfigured aircraft and will have narrower seats in a portion of coach, meaning large passengers may not fit in the new seats. New regulations now restrict passengers from bringing their own seat belt extensions, they must be provided by the airline.
American airlines announced a new seat (narrower) in a portion of coach and branding them.
Now consider a 100 pound passenger seated next to a 300 pound passengers that is unable to fit in their seat. The flight attendants must deal with the problem and the 100 pound passenger ultimately receives the penalty.
If a passenger needs a seat 24 inches wide seat in order to fit in the seat and the passengers purchases the 18-inch coach seat because of cost.
Don't even think for one second the 300 pound passengers with a 50-inch waist line has the option to lift the armrest and encroach on the personal space of the 100 pound passenger.
If they choose to fly, then they need to purchase a seat they can fit in, even if it is business or 1st class.
Otherwise a passenger can drive, or take a train.
I am not being rude, I am considering other passengers rights.
Until the airlines put handicap seats on aircraft, the flight attendants should deny boarding to passengers that are unable to fit in their seat or fat pours over the armrest into the next seat.