Continental Airlines Informative - Wide in the Sky
When, oh when, will Continental, or any other airline for that matter, crack down on jumbo travelers? On a recent flight my wife and I were treated to the presence of one of these behemoths. The woman wedged what she could of her girth into the aisle seat and then sprewed over into my unfortunate wife's space, bowing the arm rest by an honest 3 to 4 inches. This person was so fat she was unable to lower her tray table and forget about even trying the seat belt, which none of the flight attendents ever mentioned. (An FAA vialation, I believe) Get to the rest room during 3+ hour flight? Not with this sweetie firmly lodged in the aisle seat!
I'm sure there will be whining from people with "glandular problems" and those that are just plain big. To you I say: take it up with the airlines, not me. I'm not the one that decided to fit their planes with narrow seats. That being said, that amount of space is how much the airlines have decreed they will sell for your fare. Not that space PLUS HALF OF MINE! If you need more, buy two tickets or go first class. "But, that will cost me more money!" Yup. Sure will. Not my problem. At 6 feet tall and 180 pounds I'm not a tiny person, but I don't ooze out of my seat and into someone elses. Consider this: if I'm in a restaurant and someone plops down at my table and eats half of my entree simply because they feel like it I can have them arrested for theft. Why should I subsidize another's travel costs by donating half of my seat?
What to do? Airlines don't seem to have any trouble weighing bags to charge an extra fee, why not make the passangers, all passengers, step on the scale before the flight? Bought your ticket on line and lied about your size to get a cheaper fare? Sorry, you'll have to wait for the next flight when they have that extra seat available. "But I'll miss my connection!" Yup. Sure will. Not my problem. Shouldn't have lied in the first place. I'm guessing you won't do it again.
I recognize that Continental is probably as gutless as most companies and won't do anything about this problem, but it does feel better to get it off my chest.