Plus-Size Passenger Who Demanded Free Extra Seats, Now Wants Hotel Hallways Widened

by Anthony Losanno
Jaelynn Cheney

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I’ve written several times about a plus-size woman from Vancouver that started a petition demanding that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “protect plus-sized customers” by having taxpayers foot the bill for her extra seats. The petition has reached over 35,000 signatures and she’s now taking on hotels as well with demands to “make elevators and hallways spacious, to allow for easy movement of larger individuals.”

Jae’lynn Chaney claims that aircraft seating is too small for her and it causes her “pain and vulnerability, poor treatment from fellow passengers, including hateful comments, disapproving looks, and even refusal to sit next to [her and other larger passengers].”


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Now, she wants hotels to raise their toilet seats, fit each room with handheld shower attachments, offer stronger beds, and give guests plus-size friendly towels as well as bathrobes that go up to size 6XL.

Cheney has documented her struggles traveling while morbidly obese and is looking for government agencies, airlines, and hotel chains to make ridiculous accommodations. It was bad enough trying to get others to pay for her extra airplane seats, but now to demand that hotels do everything from widen hallways to provide oversized towels and bathrobes is a bit much. Nowhere in Ms. Cheney’s videos does she talk about trying to lose weight or that maybe she should buy what she needs to be comfortable.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am six foot, five inches tall. I buy First and Business Class seats for the legroom. I don’t demand that others pay for me or create petitions looking for the same.

Anthony’s Take: Some of her demands like widening hallways are not possible since buildings that are historical (or even any that are fully constructed) are build out with presized hallways to maintain structural integrity and maximize space. To think that hotels would make structural changes or even provide towels and robes at such huge sizes are not realistic.

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Anish October 2, 2023 - 7:06 am

Shouldn’t you start a petition to make Business and First class seats longer in bed mode 😉

Lowe October 2, 2023 - 7:31 am

Good lord stop feeding her already. Heart disease is the real pandemic in this country

Ed October 2, 2023 - 7:53 am

Last week the post office charged me extra for mailing a heavy box. This is clearly discrimination against plus sized packages.

Mak October 2, 2023 - 8:15 am

Definitely agree. All of us should do whatever we can to accommodate and normalize pathological behavior.

Courtney October 2, 2023 - 8:20 am

“Good lord stop feeding her already. Heart disease is the real pandemic in this country”


derek October 2, 2023 - 9:30 am

Raise toilet seats? That would be discrimination against short people and ķids. Hallways should be narrower or someone should be sued!

Marc October 2, 2023 - 9:58 am

Why do you give her coverage? If no one would pick up this whining she would probably just shut up (at least I wouldn’t hear about it).

Jason October 2, 2023 - 10:39 am

About 20 years ago I was too fat to travel comfortably – the first time I needed to ask for a seatbelt extension I was so mortified it spurred me on to diet, and lost 6 stone. Will never get back to that weight again. Stop whinging and go on a diet woman.

Shannon Hankins October 3, 2023 - 9:45 am

Congratulations on your weight loss! I hope you are feeling much better as a result of your efforts!

Lbf October 2, 2023 - 10:46 am

Wow! Fat shaming is alive and well on this site! Economy airline seats are ridiculously crowded and justifying them by your ability to afford more expensive seats only confirms this passenger’s point. US passengers generally are increasing, not decreasing, in size but airlines’ seats continue to shrink. How about using your platform to speak out on behalf of the majority of passengers, not just the elite?

DCAWABN October 2, 2023 - 11:56 am

Obesity is rarely a medical issue that isn’t directly related to poor habits. Americans are getting fatter, yes, but because of their own actions. I fit perfectly fine into Economy sits because I have a healthy diet and I exercise. In no way, shape, or form should US taxpayers accommodate poor habits of the morbidly obese. What next? We should subsidize cigarettes for smokers? Get a grip, fatty.

lp October 2, 2023 - 11:19 am

I identify as a customer of size

STUART DYMOND October 3, 2023 - 7:40 am

I am very fat. It’s my problem and I do my best not to make it anyone else’s. I buy business class seats or I buy a window AND a middle. I do not expect others to make allowances for me and nor should I. I choose taxis and hotels accordingly, I avoid restaurants unless I can find chairs without arms and I make no demands because of my size. It’s bad enough attracting ‘the looks’ as it is. No, I don’t eat 12 dinners every day but have ‘that old excuse’ a medical problem where steroids are required and I have gained 11 stone whilst being treated. This woman has no business claiming that the world owes her special treatment. You adapt. You overcome. You don’t make it someone else’s problem.


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