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    Man Misses Funeral After Being Deemed Too Fat to Fly

    Filed under: Frustration,Passengers,Seats — anne @ 4:18 pm
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    This is sad.

    A fellow had a ticket to fly Southwest for his uncle’s funeral.

    Fellow weighs 400 pounds. He said he could fit in the seat, that he flies “all the time” and said he’d even sit with his arms crossed over his chest to avoid bothering anyone.

    Southwest said no, that he was just too big, and said he’d have to buy a second seat. The guy says, fine. Problem: there is no second seat. The flight is booked. Man misses funeral.

    A lot of flights are booked solid these days, particularly during holiday periods. Here’s what the man should have done, according to Southwest’s “guidelines for customers of size“: he should have pro-actively booked two seats in advance. Guess he’ll know next time.

    The guy says Southwest is giving him a refund. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, I guess.


    1. A lot of back story to the obvious “back and front” story. He was too big to fit in a seat. I am sorry for him. I would have been equally sorry for the person seated in the seat (under) next to him.

      Funeral, business meeting, wedding, all is irrelevant to the story. Ten pound person in a five pound bag.

      My condolences to him and his family, if that is any comfort.

      Comment by SteveOh! — November 24, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

    2. A great indignity for the passenger and unpleasant for the fellow passengers and the flightcrew. BUT, as long as airlines — even dear Southwest — fail to provide realistically sized seats, this problem with occur over and over. And the airlines will continue their contribution to justifying bias, prejudice and hatred.
      I am 6’1″, 240# and 64 years old, hardly untypical, but old enough to remember when coach seats were the size of what is currently called first class. Now, coach seats are agony for me.
      We are watching currently as healthcare is debated with the same biases; overweight, charge more.
      Careful, very careful, all of you out there. And know, that only those removed from the frontlines will avoid discomfort and mistreatment.

      Comment by scott — November 24, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

    3. SteveOh!,
      Finally, a compassionate response from a (presumably) thinnish person.
      Thanks for writing.

      Comment by anne — November 27, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

    4. Scott,
      You make some good points…

      Comment by anne — November 28, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

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