Should overweight people pay more for seat in a plane?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Avatar, Nov 13, 2007.


Should obese people be forced to pay for an extra seat on an airplane?

  1. Yes

    6 vote(s)
  2. No

    1 vote(s)
  1. Lily Registered Member

    If a person can not fit into a seat, and that requires him to lift the bar and sit......he has then taken someone else's seat. Where should the other person sit now.....since the 'over weight gentleman' took his seat???

    Come on ........if you need two seats, you should buy 2 seats (maybe second one with a discount but you definatley should buy the space you need, instead of LITERALLY stealing someones else's space.

    This seems like such a no brainer. Either you fit, or you dont.
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    Discriminating against someone is not prejudice or persecution if you have a valid logical reason. Whether a person is fat because he eats too many cookies or because he was born with a metabolism problem, he's still taking up two seats!

    People who can't fit into one seat without causing discomfort to their neighbor should be required to buy two tickets or travel in first class where the seats are bigger.
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  5. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

    Maybe they could have a seat in the boarding area
    that they have to fit into to get on board,
    like the measuring things they use for hand luggage.
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  7. rich68 Registered Senior Member

    personally i think all the fat dudes should sit outside on the wings...balance the weight eitherside.this is a no win win situation for all carriers.perhaps what they should implement is all fat dudes over a certain weight should therefore send all the luggage via air cargo!...this in itself would make the weight situation abit save anyone being discrimanated.i think its fair that pricing should be down to weight just as a car full off fat dudes would require more fuel for the engine to pull...the trouble is a plane holds its own weight on its wings once the only real point of pricing should be on taxi or takeoff!!...anyway overweight dudes should lose weight in the 1st place and give us skinny dudes some piece of mind or piece of more chair!
  8. cat77 Registered Member

    I don't really think that it's going to happen... And I never really cared, untill... all companies I fly (international flights) changed their luggage police and reduced in more than 30% the weight I could carry.

    I would have to pay more for the 'extra'. When I asked for an explanation, they said it was for all passengers safety. When I said this really didn't make any sense, and if this was true how come they would let us fly 'unsafely' for many years, they recognized that the passenger weight has increased A LOT...

    So, maybe they would do this... weight the passenger+its luggages! So there is only some weight that one could add up (and pay for).

    (off course not talking about occupying 'almost' 2 seats and buying only 1... Is it fair with the person in the next seat??).

    Honestly, I just think I (and all of us) will be paying for it... either way, as an increase in the ticket cost or having the luggage weight limit reduced.
  9. Thrylix Registered Member


    Most Americans may be overweight... but most overweight Americans can still fit in a single seat in a plane. What the OP is asking is should very fat people who need to take up two seats (this happens on planes sometimes) be made to pay for both those seats, as they are eating the revenue that the airline would get from potentially freeing that seat for another passenger.
  10. Thrylix Registered Member


    Those situations don't require two seats to contain the passenger. Occasionally, you get a fat slob who absolutely cannot fit in a single seat with armrests down. They need to free up two seats for that person. Right now, airlines warn those people that they will need to pay for two tickets because it is two seats they are taking. When that happens, someone is potentially losing out on the trip because that seat is gone, and if the fat slob didn't pay for his extra seat, the airline would essentially be giving him an extra ticket for free -- which is ludicrous and unfair to everyone else.
  11. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

    If fat people should pay more, kids should pay less. A baby weighs about ten pounds. Should the ticket for a baby be 1/20 of the ticket price for a 200 pound man?
  12. sandy Banned Banned

    No. Kids should pay more. There's the whole annoying factor. Fat people don't yell, whine, cry, and scream during the whole flight.
  13. shorty_37 Go! Canada Go! Registered Senior Member

    You are generalizing all kids! What about parents who have kids that behave.
    My kids have never acted that way. So why would I have to pay more? :bugeye:
  14. Grantywanty Registered Senior Member

    I think Asians who tend to be smaller and lighter are being systematically discriminated against since the whole plane is designed to hold overconsuming white people in the West.
  15. sandy Banned Banned

    Yeah but what if those Asians have 200 pounds of suitcases with them?
  16. vslayer Registered Senior Member

    then they are paying extra for their luggage. last time i went on a plane the weight restrictions were about 20kg/person, anything over that and you had to pay a surcharge. why should the same not apply for people whose bodyweight is 20kg over the mean?

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  17. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

    They do if they've forgotten to load the food on board.
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  19. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

    Yes they should. Why should those sitting next to them have to fight over the bloody arm rest? Either charge them more or upgrade the skinnys who are seated next to them. Anyway they should charge them more because they eat more peanuts in between meals.
  20. Slaughterist Mayhem Activist Registered Senior Member

    Weight limit on aircraft

    This should clear up the issue regarding safety and weight limits for aircraft. I don't believe the problem is with the loaded weight of the aircraft hitting the physical capacity. The problem is with the weight hitting the limit set to maintain a wide margin of safety, which is significantly lower. The physical capacity of the plane might be twice the regulated capacity. If one engine fails, the aircraft should be able to continue flying.

    My friend is a gate agent for an airline and has recounted to me how the airlines sometimes have to pull passengers off the plane before departure. When the aircraft is "weight critical" its margin of safety has become too small. They pull passengers because it is faster than taking off baggage. It is conceivable that overweight passengers could make the flight weight critical. The airline will not kick off passengers based on their weights. They will decide based on passenger loyalty with business class and frequent flyers given the highest priority and promotional fare or Travelocity passengers waiting for the next flight.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2007
  21. elsyarango Registered Member

    Fat people should not pay more. Their fatness should be accomodated.
  22. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

    And the reasoning behind your argument is?
  23. USS Exeter unamerican american Registered Senior Member


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    Never heard of that stereotype.

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