Penalty for weighing over 280 lbs.

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There was a recent news article about an obese man who weighed over 280 lbs and was forced to purchase two seats on an airplane.  The problem was that the airline sold him two seats APART in different sections of the plane.  I laughed, but didn’t read further than that.  Does anybody know what happened next?

What struck me was that anybody weighing over 280 lbs had to buy two seats.  David weighs around 283 lbs.  Whoa!

Also in the news was the fact that several airlines are making the seats in coach narrower in order to install more seats and make a bigger profit.

So, what will be David’s fate when we buy plane tickets to and from Paris?

If there is no penalty for being overweight, will he be able to fit into one of those new, skinnier seats?  Will I?

15 Responses to “Penalty for weighing over 280 lbs.”

  1. Cathy Says:

    My goodness gigi thats about 127kg/ 20stone – maybe it’s time to make some weight loss decisions and take action – will make travel and sightseeing much easier. Never mind about fitting into the seat, it would be easier on David’s knees and hips and general health if he lost some of it.
    Are there any local weight loss psychologists he could consult. Not necessarliy with the physical issues but more with the mental issues of losing weight.
    Take care
    ps the answer to your question about the man with his allocated seats not being together can be found here

  2. granny annie Says:

    I am about to reach the weight that would require two tickets. My weight is the source of almost every medical problem that I have and the more I try to lose the more I gain. No will power. When I load and unload 50 lb sacks of chicken feed I realize that I almost weigh four and a half sacks worth. Glad I don’t intend to be flying anywhere anytime soon.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      Avoid yo-yo dieting. You might lose weight on NutriSystem or Jennie Craig, but after you get off the diet, you will gain it back plus extra. This has been my experience.

  3. Christine Says:

    oh dear, these are valid concerns Gigi, I recently met a friend of my mom’s who is fasting a couple days a week on advice of her kidney specialist, she can drink soup broth, etc, but she looks wonderful and her diabetes meds have been cut in half.

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Last year when I traveled to CA I sprang for a first class round trip ticket. I missed my flight going out and got stuck in the back (only seat available) of another flight going from DC to San Francisco. To make it up to me (?) the airline gave me a row of seats from SF to San Diego, but it made no difference. Each of the three seats in a row is contoured to fit a single back, so with 2 or more seats you are still uncomfortable. Flying just ain’t what it used to be if you don’t fly first class. I am older and in pain, and won’t fly any other way. It’s worth it to me.

    Yes, David needs to shift some weight for many reasons. I have now lost 25 lbs and feel much better. Dieting is a life-style change.

  5. jerrie Says:

    not overweight but if david could eat more fruit it would help

  6. DJan Says:

    Yes, the seats are getting smaller and people are getting bigger. I think something should prod David to lose weight before it’s a health issue. Your numbers are all good, Gigi, so it’s the same for you: hope something other than a health issue gets you going. I care about both of you!

  7. Olga Says:

    It is ironic that we hear all the time about the obesity problem in this country, but the airlines act as though we are all getting thinner by the minute. Perhaps it is a public service thing–they are giving us an incentive to lose weight.

  8. Jeanie Says:

    I was on a plane last weekend and felt like the seat area was smaller than I remembered. I hope you will be able to get an upgrade to an area with bigger seats for your flights to and from Paris.

  9. Grannymar Says:

    People who are overweight can lose weight to aid with their travel comfort, but people with long legs have no option unless they chop off their legs from the knees down! I am not overweight, but dislike when I have paid full price for my seat, to be squashed by a having overweight body in the seat beside me. I am sorry if I offend, but I have my rights too!

  10. Linda Reeder Says:

    Gigi, you and David have time to do something about your weight. It can be done.

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