” Yes. I know what it means to be fat. I once weighed 340 pounds” Laila Yuile
I feel really strongly that, if you pay for an airline ticket, it’s not fair to have to share the seat with a fat person sitting beside you. Why should one person ‘s right to be fat be allowed to infringe on your right to use all of your seat space? If someone is so fat that their body doesn’t fit on one seat, they should have to pay for extra space they take. But I don’t think the solution is larger seats for fat people. Why should airlines pay for the cost of putting in bigger seats? If they did this, they would be saying that it’s OK to be fat, and this just makes things worse.
People must take responsibility for the choices they make in life. Overweight people tend to make excuses for being fat. They talk about hormone problems or medication they have to take that’s caused them to be fat. They choose to eat more calories than they need and not
to do sports. Twenty years ago, we didn’t have all these plus-size stores because there weren’t as many fat people as there are now. By making allowances for fat people, we allow them to continue to be fat.
I know what it means to be fat. I once was really fat. I weighed 340 pounds (about 154 kg).Three years ago, someone close to me gave me a wake-up call, and I finally realized just how fat I was. I started doing sports, changed what I was eating, and lost 140 pounds.
My husband has a pilot’s license, and when he flies a small plane, he has to calculate the weight of his passengers and cargo to work out how much fuel he needs. If someone lies about their weight, this could cause the plane to crash. The same applies to commercial airplanes. We have to pay more for excess luggage, and I believe we should also be charged based on our weight. Is it fair, for example, that someone who weighs 130 pounds and has 10 pounds extra baggage is charged for that baggage, whereas someone who weighs340 pounds is not charged extra at all? Paying more for an airline ticket because you are overweight is not only a fuel-related problem, but an equality issue, too.
Having said that, I know there is no easy solution to the problem. But it is an important debate, because it’s not only about people’s rights. It is also about peole having to take responsibility for the decisions they make in life.
“No. We should all get weighed along with our luggage”.Sondra Solovay
Most fat people can fit into one airplane seat. But those who can’t are a part of our population as well, and they deserve to fly comfortable. Making them pay for two seats is discrimination. And no industry should be allowed to discriminate against one group of people, even if it’s profitable for them to do so.
Society already discriminates against fat people by treating them differently from others and labeling them with stereotypes. The fat person is seen as someone who is lazy, greedy, stupid and smelly. This is all wrong. People come in many different shapes and sizes, and that’s a good for business. Larger people should be seen as one of the groups that contribute to diversity in our population. An airline that makes bigger people feel comfortable will really be offering a service and, in the end, will profit.
Overweight people should be giving the same consideratoins as thin people when they fly. You can’t ask fat people to buy two seats. They should be allowed to reserve safe seats that fit. When thinner people fly, they get a safe seat, tested for people who can fit into that size. When fatter people fly and use two seats, they have to raise the armrest, but many armrests do not fold away completely.