Should obese people have to pay for an extra airline seat?

@bonbon664 (3470)
Canada
January 23, 2008 3:01pm CST
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jQvgF9C0PvpzgWgfpCUoTLWfVBOg This discussion stems from another one I started where one of my friend made a very good point about this issue, and I curious about the rest of your opinons. The government here recently made it illegal for the airlines to charge for an extra seat. Now this applies to the person who has to help a disabled person. What do you think about this?
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Yes... they should have to pay for an extra seat if they are fat enough to require two seats to sit down. NOW...before all you heavyweights out there jump all over me for being insensitive, my sister has had to travel on airlines on more than one occasion when her children were infants. When she asked the airlines about using her car seat for her baby on the plane, she was told (ON EACH OCCASION) that she would have to pay full price for another seat, because the car seat would be taking up a seat on the plane that a paying customer could be paying to use. SO...using this same logic...if your butt is wide enough to take up more than one seat on the plane, you should have to pay for both seats. Fair is fair...
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• United States
24 Jan 08
This is exactly what I was going to say! I had a friend who had to pay extra for her carseat being placed beside her on a second seat. So, if one's hindend spills into a second seat...then extra payment should be expected!
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@anonymili (3138)
24 Jan 08
I just wanted to add to these particular comments with an example of this working detrimentally the other way. Airlines must love it when small children travel because they can charge 90% of the ticket price for a midget (erm I mean a 4 year old). How much a 4 year old weigh compared to an adult? Not a lot eh? SO basically you're paying almost full fare, getting the same luggage allowance but with a passenger who's small and weighs very little so one might argue that they should have a bigger luggage allowance - BUT do we really want to go down that route? It might get to a situation where they say that you pay your fare depending on your weight, oops, I'm overweight, but not obese but still I weigh more than I should for my height. Would my excess body weight mean I get charged more than an average weighing person? Or would it mean my luggage allowance be reduced? Ooh a really hornet's nest could be opened up here! Personally speaking, I always make sure my elbows are not on the other side of the armrest where it could cause inconvenience to fellow passengers nor any of my body! Then again, I've sat next to skinny people who've had no qualms about shoving their elbow into my seat space GRRR! LOL ok I'll shut up now!
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@megumiart (3780)
• United States
23 Jan 08
I have mixed feelings about this. It's not fair to people who can't help how much they weigh, but it's also not fair to the plane for having to lift extra weight. :/
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• United States
23 Jan 08
YES! Having another person spill over into your "personal space" is not only annoying but terribly uncomfortable for them and you! I also think they should pay more for insurance as they have more health problems than the others such as myself that try to take care, eat right, etc. Sure, I like McDonalds too sometimes! Can't beat the french fries! But, I know an over weight guy that eats there EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My father has been very ill recently and I have spent an incredible amount of time in hospitals this past year. Do you know they had to manufacture wheelchairs in larger sizes now due to obese people? Who do you think has to carry the burden of that cost. Not the manufacturers.......no sir ree! It's us! My poor little father could have fallen out of that big chair they put him in! The old wheelchairs have had the same size design for probably 100 years! We have become a nation of fat and lazy people! I also think smokers should pay more for health insurance as well. Why should my premiums be high just because someone chooses to smoke and kill themselves slowly.
@arcidy (5015)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Well I can talk for obese people since im one of them. And its funny because I heard this on the news a few weeks ago and I dont think they should pay extra for plane tickets. Its just not fair but the only time they should pay extra money is if they need an extra seat. So they should buy 2 seats if they cant fit into one. If it was me I would just fly first class.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
23 Jan 08
Most people can't afford first class, so, it's good that people can be comfortable.
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@Galena (9123)
24 Jan 08
if you need to use two seats it seems only fair that you should pay for two seats. if you use something why should you not pay for it?
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
Are you asking about an obese person or a disabled person? An obese person is not necessarily disabled, and a disabled person many not be obese. Now if the obese person is disabled I think the Airline should go out of their way to help this unfortunate. But if the disabled person is obese this is not the Airlines fault so why should the Airline pay for the extra seat?
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Personally, I think it's discrimination. Not all overweight people can help it, there are diseases such as hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian disease which cause weight gain, and there are also medications that cause weight gain like prednisone.
@Galena (9123)
25 Jan 08
it's not discrimination. if you need to use two seats, why shouldn't you pay for them? surely it's more discriminatory if overweight people are given an extra seat for free, while slimmer people aren't. if an airline didn't provide free water, and I had a medical condition that required me to drink a lot, I would expect to have to buy lots of water. I wouldn't expect to be given it for free. a good friend of mine and several of my family members have Polycystic ovaries and are not overweight. they are MORE PRONE to weight gain, so have to watch their weight more than I do. but it's not a sentence to being overweight. my partner is a little chubby at the moment due to a medication he is on, which causes weight gain, so he is now watching what he eats and doing more exercise.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
25 Jan 08
What I am saying is not all overweight people need two seats, and isn't it discriminatory to give a free seat to a disabled person's helper but not to an overweight person? I agree that if someone needs two seats, then by all means they should pay, but so should the aide. And I have a very close friend who gained over 100 pounds from Polycystic Ovarian Disease, she is struggling to lose the weight and has lost some but she has a long way to go. My point was some people gain excessive amounts of weight due to disease or medications, of course not every one is the same and not all people do gain weight but it can happen. I am sorry if what I wrote offended you in some way, but discrimination comes in all forms and this is how I personally view it.
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• United States
16 Feb 08
yes, you are right..i had to neighbors who were both way over 100 pounds. The women was 12 years older then her husband of many years but she always was a big women..but when she had to go into a wheelchair and lost her ability to move around on her own...she really put on the weight and she was not that big of an eater..her husband was always a big man..his eating was legend as he could eat 12 eggs and a big stek plus coffee and pie..but once you put on the weight and get old it is very very hard to take off..the joints will not tolerate that much weight bearing and you end up with a wheelchair and in his case two canes..alos he had to attend to his wife in a wheel chair. i would help them but i was amazed how heavy the wheel chair is and how much work it was for them to even get out for breakfast at the senior citizens or even go to see the doctor..both were prisoners of their own bodies
• United States
16 Feb 08
exercise class in Philippiones..before the heat of the day
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
That depends. If the person is so big that he/she can't fit in one seat then I think he/she should buy two tickets. But no one should be forced to pay extra charge just because they "look fat or obese". If I was seated next to an obese person, I don't think I would complain because I really feel sorry for them. They have more than enough health problems already. But if I can't breathe anymore, hey that's a different story!
@anonymili (3138)
24 Jan 08
I am overweight yes but definitely not in the obese category. I do feel that if someone takes up two seats they should pay for 2 seats, if they take up three, they should pay for three, etc. If you are disabled and need a carer to travel with you, I feel the carer should also have to pay the travel fare too. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh and it's not like I have any sympathy for airlines particularly but if you could consider we get charged extra money if our luggage is more than a couple of kilos overweight so why should an obese person taking up a full extra seat not get charged for that too? Someone else might have been on standby for that seat and needed to get somewhere urgently but the seat would be given free of charge (if someone countries' laws had their way) to the obese or disabled person. There are just so many concessions given to people because of their colour, religion or disability these days that it drives me mad that it's now spilling onto airlines too! I'm not racist, I don't care enough about religion to be bothered about other people's religions and I respect disabled people but not when it costs me more money, cos at the end of the day you can bet anything that when airlines are forced to give "free" seats away they'll be hiking up prices in other areas so the rest of us mugs will end up paying for it somehow!