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@londonmag 28070 wrote:

Problem is, my gorgeous brown hair doesn’t take more than its own seat, my 31 stone did. I have now dropped to just over 20 since the op in October but was nervous of getting on a plane as I would need an extender belt, couldn’t get a table down and belly was on-top of person sitting next to me – they never said anything – however if they had, it would not have been about my accent or hair colour. I couldn’t fit in a seat and needed 2 of them. My size not weight really the issue, so, sadly agree to having to buy 2 seats. Discrimination is a disgrace at all levels – there is though a reality of being larger than the average bear. Note – when I flew, I chose out of respect of fellow passengers and personal responsibility to buy an extra seat.

You have made a hugely significant point and a fair one. I remember getting on a tiny plane to go to Dublin 5 years ago and feeling so upset at two things: 1. the steward moved me because I was a ‘health and safety’ hazard so near to the emergency exit and 2. the look of horror on the face of the person they put me next to. I spent the whole 50 min flight trying to keep my stomach away from him. It was literally mortifying as I was dying of shame.

Last year, I went on holiday with my family to The Maldives (30th wedding anniversary treat) and the whole 10 hour flight was ok (apart from being FREEZING) as was the sea plane transfer. If I had still been 26+ stone, I would not have fitted on that sea plane and quite possibly would have had to charter a boat instead.

So, although it is yet another discrimination to overweight/obese people, I can see the reasoning behind it. I have to say though that, in MY opinion, sitting next to a large person is preferable to either a screaming child or someone with fag breath or flatulence!

Doodah x

Doodah x

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