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Back in April, I wrote 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 space. The petition has almost reached 35,000 signatures and she’s continuing to champion her cause.
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].”
Among the petition’s many demands, she would like:
- The FAA to mandate that all airlines have a comprehensive customer-of-size policy that prioritizes the comfort and well-being of ALL passengers.
- Additional accessible seats to be provided (free of charge).
- Reimbursement for passengers who were forced to buy an extra seat.
- Priority boarding for customers of size (this is just ridiculous).
- Employee training so that plus-size passengers are handled with kid gloves.
- And, at least one accessible lavatory.
You can read the rest of her ridiculous demands here.
Let me break some of these down. She wants the FAA to mandate that private companies give their product away for free. She’d also like separate priority boarding, reimbursement if a passenger bought an extra seat, and employees to treat plus-size passengers specially. This is not going to happen. If someone has a genuine disability, they can board early. If someone needs two or three seats they should buy them or purchase a premium cabin ticket.
Ms. Chaney can keep racking up the signatures, but I can’t see any airline or the FAA taking this seriously.
Anthony’s Take: Planes are cramped. I get it as I’m 6-foot-five-inches tall, but I buy premium seats and know other travelers who buy extra seats for space (we did that this summer on Ryanair going to Sardinia. We had extra space in the bulkhead even though we fit fine in our seats). Three seats for the two of us worked well.
(Image Credits: Jae’lynn Chaney and Change.org.)
(H/T: Points With a Crew.)
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