posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 08:31 AM
It boils down to money. Airlines are not a charity. The reason they have seats at the sizes they do is because you need a large number of passengers
to be profitable. This is why, despite the decline in airline profits in the past few years, airlines are actually trying to make planes
bigger. The more passengers are on a plane, the more money they can bring in.
Some fat people seem to think it's society's job to try and step out of their way so they never have to face their obesity problems head-on. They
get offended any time they arrive someplace and realize they're too big, and for some reason they think everyone else is at fault but themselves.
Requiring airlines to make their seats larger would crush their business model and lower profits in a business field already plagued by layoffs and
bankruptcy. In addition to lowering profits per-flight, the complete overhaul of the seating arrangement on the massive number of jets out there would
cost more money than most of us will ever see in a lifetime.
However, we do have laws that require public buildings to have handicap access. Requiring handicap seating on planes wouldn't be too out of line. It
would be more acceptable because it's a solution for people who actually need the extra room due to their disabilities. These seats would have to be
built specifically to accommodate people with limited mobility, which would automatically make them larger and have more space around them.
Fat people could then have a choice: Take a handicap seat for regular price, or pay for two normal seats. It's NOT society's or the airlines' job
to make sure they're never reminded of their weight, however, so there's no reason the airline should have to make any concessions other than that.