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Too Fat To Fly? There’s Got To Be A Better Way

20 May

I know, I’m stepping into the overweight people on airplanes — again.   For those of you who don’t know, I’m a woman of size myself.  But I do fit into an airline seat.  You can see my March 3 post that outlines my views fully here.

So I was watching the “Today Show” earlier this week, and was subjected to another too-fat-to-fly-on-Southwest-Airlines story, featuring a woman named Kenlie Tiggeman.  The video is below.

I applaud Southwest Airlines for having a policy for people of size on their flights.  My problem is that it seems to be implemented on an arbitrary basis, despite having a pretty good Q&A on the policy.  I do understand that one woman’s fat is another man’s average size.

It can be difficult — and uncomfortable — for thousands of Southwest Airlines employees to make that fat-or-not call.  And it gets particularly sticky when a passenger of size has flown one segment without incident, like Tiggeman, then is confronted with the policy.

So here’s my question — we have overhead baggage sizers at check-in counters and gates.  Can’t we have something similar — or even something as simple as a tape measure — to ensure people of size can be checked early in the process?

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