Airlines and "Customers of Size"!
When I posted about charging customers by weight the way many non-U.S. airlines do, I was joking.
Apparently, somebody read my post.
Here is the link to FrankII's One Bag, One World blog post and the comments from some of the blog's readers.
Customers of Size*Chart - OBOW Blog - One-bag, carry-on, light travel tips, techniques, and gear
And from that very informative blog post the link to airlines policies
Airline "Customer of Size" Policies - Airfarewatchdog
After reading the airlines policies, I needed a couple of hours to cool off, luckily PBS had a nice uplifting program for me to watch.
I am usually a calm person but those "policies" do not "sit well" with me.
Most of the policies state that "the passenger must fit between the arm rests".
This will not affect people with broad shoulders or big bellies, which many big men have, but will affect every person with wide hips and thighs, most of those persons are women.
Many airlines use the 17 or 17.8 inches rules for fit. Which seat does it refers to aisle, middle or window?
A average airline customer can plainly see that, in most airplanes, the aisle seat is the narrowest followed by the window seat while the middle seat is the widest.
Using that criteria alone, do the airlines want to keep us in the seat that:
Gets all the entertainment boxes so your feet barely have space and you can forget about keeping even the smallest of bag upright. Pets are, of course, not allowed in that tiniest of space as it is far too small to accommodate their carriers.
Is impossible to get out of if the aisle seat person with small hips has a huge belly, big legs and is fast asleep.
Or the aisle seat person has his/her big business laptop on and acts all inconsiderate if you ask them to move so you can use the facilities.
(I would personally not mind to be able to walk around my seat to stretch my legs or visit the galley or the bathroom but airliners are like buses not the Enterprise)
So after an attempt at putting us in binders, they now want to box us in a seat because of our "size"!
I don't know about you but I am not liking that, at all!
In order to finish on a postive note, I would like to thank Frank II for putting up the info on the OBOW Blog. :)