Originally Posted by ckblv
Wow, how rude is that. That sounds like she was, either totally embarrassed or just oblivious and did not care. With the latter being more like it because if she did care she would have purchased two seats.
More likely, it was the former and she was VERY embarrassed. I don't know if you have ever been overweight, or have been close to someone that was, but I know that people I have known were VERY conscious of their weight and tried to accomedate others as much as possible. Of course, there are rude people of every size so who knows.
And, maybe she barely managed to scrape up the money to pay for one seat to see her grandson graduate from highschool, or see her dying mother one last time. It's easy enough to say "she should have purchased two tickets" but you have no idea what her situation was.
I know a lot of people are overweight due to eating problems and lack of excercise, but that isn't the ONLY cause for obeseity. Sometimes it IS out of the person's control due to medical issues. So, should they be punished and be made to pay double because they have a medical condition? Or should you just "suck it up" and be inconvienced for a few hours so someone else with a condition can actually try to lead a normal life?
I agree with Utopia. If the airlines (and everyone else) can put in ramps and handicap accessible places, why can't they put in a few rows with bigger seats for larger people?