posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 09:57 AM
I may be wrong, but have the size of airline seats changed at all since the 50’s or 60’s? Because I believe people have. When I was in high
school, I was over 6 ft and wore a size 12, something that was considered hard to find or a special order. Today’s youth tower over me and I
believe that the newer generations are larger.
I understand that the industry profits are driven by the numbers of passengers. So more seats equal more bucks. But do you think that companies who
send employees all over the world are going to agree to pay double for their overweight employees? They’ll take there business to another airline,
so it’s going be JQ Public who ends up paying.
The Solution is to increase the size of the seat to accommodate the general public and distribute the cost lost over the whole of the aircraft.
Having said all that, please note that I said general public. If someone is overweight (like me) it is an intrusion on someone else’s space that
they paid money for (although the armrest theory is a fantasy those in the middle like to have. It’s not an armrest it’s simply a seat divider)
and if someone’s size spills over into another seat, it’s totally understandable to charge that individual for the seat provided the airlines
don’t then turn around and try to slip someone else into that seat. An alternative would be to charge an additional to the overweight passenger and
discount the inconvenienced passenger.
I believe that most of the overweight individuals are like others have pointed out, just lazy and overeaters. In my case, I’m lazy. There, I said
it. I know that if I exercise, the weight begins to drop, so I have no one to blame but myself. But he majority of overweight people I know, want to
blame someone or something else for their weight.
Don’t get me wrong, society has done its share of promoting inactivity. Schools no longer have PE classes for fear of being sued if Johnny or Suzie
gets hurt. Playgrounds are become ghost towns. Video Games allow us to do our Running, jumping, etc, without leaving the comfort of our armchairs.
And my personal demons are the TV and now the Internet.
Like many times in the past, I’ve just recently began attempting to lose weight yet again. But based on my past track record, it’s going to be a
But bottom line is that if Airlines start charging for extra seats, it’s going to snowball to theaters, ball games, and anything where fixed seating
is standard. Maybe if that happens, people like me will get off our butts and do something to make them smaller.