posted on Dec, 12 2007 @ 10:06 AM
I'm going to take the middle ground here. It does make sense for airlines to charge for two seats if a person cannot reasonably fit into one seat.
It does make sense that a smaller person should be entitled to a refund that represents half the ticket price if an obese/overweight/fat person is
taking up half of their seat. We all love to get what we pay for and get paid fairly for what we offer. The problem is, as some have already pointed
out, is that no matter how you slice it it, targeting overweight/obese/fat people is discriminatory. It is. It doesn't matter if it's their choice
or not to be the way they are. Do well developed and physically attractive people have to pay anything extra? What about "normal" sized people who
only look bad and/or smell bad? Do the elderly have to pay extra? Airlines only really look good when they have young, beautiful, and affluent
people using their planes and making the airlines look choice, so catering to any folks other than that could cause image problems for the airline.
Just check any airline travel brochure to get what I'm talking about. Given that, should all the Wal-Mart shoppers of the world have to pay
My point is, while I know that there probably is some poor soul, a frequent flier, who always seems to get the fat person sitting next to him or her,
by and large most fliers don't have to deal with it that often or even at all. I think that the best solution is to make personal accommodations for
people different than ourselves, even on a plane. Just deal with it. I'm not overweight and in defense of overweight people, I'm just saying that
there's always going to be something that bugs folks about other folks when traveling on mass-transit. My biggest personal beef is sitting next to
someone whose body and breath smells like an ashtray. When that happens I have fits and fears of breathing second hand smoke even though no smoke is
present, just the smell of smoked cigarettes or cigars from the person next to me. No offense, but it's truly disgusting to me. So, should that
person have to pay extra for fouling the smell of my airspace? Should I get a 50% refund due to a gag reflex clause on my ticket's terms and
conditions that compensate for those who travel and suffer poor air quality due to the personal hygiene of others who sit next to that person?
See? It gets pretty ridiculous pretty quickly. Airlines, buses, and trains should definitely design for comfort more often. More trips and ticket
prices to match. And folks should increase their tolerance for types of persons they are not that fond of. Some people LOVE fat people. Some people
LOVE their cigarettes and cigars. Yet if we're traveling together then we've got to compromise ourselves to accommodate the different types of
people we are likely to come into close contact and quarters with. It's better that we just deal with it like DeadFlagBlues did. People are people.