Recently director Kevin Smith was booted off a Southwest flight for as he says, "being too fat." The flight attendant told him he was a danger to others. He later twittered, to his 2 million plus followers, "What was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?" Eventually Southwest extended an apology and offered him a $100 travel voucher.
I don't agree that he should have been booted nor do I agree he is a danger to other passengers, but I do agree that extremely over weight individuals should be required to buy two seats. Now, just hold your horses in their stalls before you jump on their back, whip them to full speed and lash out at me for stating the truth. I am not attacking a minority or singling out fat people, I am stating the obvious: it is very very very uncomfortable to sit next to an obese person whom is oozing onto my seat. Whew! With that being said, I do feel sorry for them.
I am a mother of three. I have flown with my children since they were newborns and have had the uncomfortable experience of people shunning me whenever I would sit down next to them with my baby. I have had people trade seats just to get away from the baby on the plane. Once I could afford it I started to buy a second seat for my infant even though I wasn't required to simply for the comfort of the other passengers. Would my child still scream on occasion? Absolutely, but I wasn't invading their space, and the seat they paid for, with my child and all the crap that came along with us on the plane.
The director says he was humiliated. I am sure he was. But doesn't he suffer humiliation every time he pours himself into one of those small seats and invades the space of the person sitting next to him? He said himself he can afford two seats and I quote him when discussing why he sometimes does buy two seats, "because it is way more comfortable and I have the money to do it." Now if he is more comfortable in two seats, imagine how much more comfortable the paying customer sitting a seat away from him rather than next to him is feeling? I am sure they also feel relief and comfort, which he or she deserves since they are paying customers also. So my question is: why does he only buy two seats sometimes? He should be buying two seats all the time. Why should another customer on the same flight be uncomfortable the whole flight if the overweight person has the ability to pay for two seats?
Kevin Smith has now decided to become the spokesperson for the overweight traveler. I say kudos to him, but what will he base his platform on? I am quite sure Southwest or any other airline will never kick a passenger off again, they just went about asking him to buy a second seat the wrong way, so what is the problem? I strongly believe that if you cannot fit into your seat you need to buy two seats. Plain and simple! There is nothing wrong with that rule! It sucks if you happen to be overweight, but that is one of consequences of your choice to overeat, if you are not overweight due to overeating, than it is unfortunately a consequence to some sort of other issue you have going on.
We all have issues, insecurities, aches, pains, demons, problems, and we all have to deal with them in some way or another. My codependency or anger or resentment issues have not caused me to have to buy two plane tickets, but I have had consequences to my extreme reactions that have cost me money and people around me discomfort. If you are overweight and okay with it, you should understand why you should buy two plane tickets. If you can't afford two plane tickets the airlines have a right to put the best interests of all the passengers first. I don't run an airline, but I am sure they know safety issues better than anyone else. I hope you all still like me! I am just an honest writer!
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