Friday, January 10, 2014

Too big to fly [cheaply]

Many people will remember the celebrated case of a New Orleans woman who was advised by SouthWest that she was /too fat to fly/

What got me about the report was that NBC had reported she was a political strategist and weight-loss blogger.   To me to blog about weight-loss would at best  would have been from someone that /had been/ overweight but were now trimmed down. 

I could imagine a similar contradiction if I heard that an Amish Technology correspondent was reporting at CES this week.

Anyway I hear from the blog of that person that they are now intending to lose weight.

But back to the original topic.   As a small person who pays the same cost per flight compared to other people who might be over twice my weight, what are my chances of having to been squeezed to tears by an overly large person or persons sitting next to me whist I fly ...

Air France - High Body Mass
Travel in more comfort and security with Air France*, with our option to choose an extra seat with a 25% discount in the Economy cabin. Air France will reimburse the entirety of your 2nd seat fare if there are unoccupied seats in your cabin.

Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines requires the purchase of an additional seat for any customer who cannot comfortably fit within one seat with the armrests in the down position. We are unable to guarantee travel for those who require additional seat space on a given flight unless a second seat is purchased in advance

American Airlines - Extra Space
f you meet any of the above criteria and have not booked an extra seat in advance, please see an airport agent. If seats are available in your ticketed cabin, you may be accommodated in the same cabin next to an empty seat. The additional seating must be available without downgrading or unseating another customer. If time allows, and upon payment of the fare difference, you may be offered a seat in a higher class of service that may provide more space*.

Delta Airlines - Extra Space
Delta does not require passengers who need a seatbelt extender or are unable to lower the armrest to purchase additional seats. However, for the safety and comfort of our other passengers, you may be asked to move to another location that provides additional space. In the event of a full flight you will be asked to take a later flight with available seating. To avoid this situation, we recommend that you purchase an additional seat. For assistance please call Delta Reservations at 1-800-221-1212 and they will be glad to assist.

United Airlines - Extra Seating
A customer flying in the economy cabin who is not able to safely and comfortably fit in a single seat is required to purchase an additional seat for each leg of their itinerary. The second seat may be purchased for the same fare as the original seat, provided it is purchased at the same time. A customer who does not purchase an extra seat in advance may be required to do so on the day of departure for the fare level available on the day of departure. The customer may instead choose to purchase a ticket for United First®, United Business® or United BusinessFirst®, or elect to pay for an upgrade to a premium cabin if there is availability to do so. United Airlines is not required to provide additional seats or upgrades free of charge.

SouthWest Airlines - Customers of Size
Customers who encroach upon any part of the neighboring seat(s) may proactively purchase the needed number of seats prior to travel in order to ensure the additional seat(s) is available. The armrest is considered to be the definitive boundary between seats; width between the armrests measures 17 inches.

World Health Organisation on Obesity
10 facts on Obesity
Women sues SouthWest Airlines
Pay as you Weigh
Airfare Watchdog size summary

Dept US Transport Non Discriminatory Air Travel
Air France seat to obese people
Kevin Smith was told

Ricky Gervais - Fat People