Comments: Flying While Fat*

... good lord, I am a bit horrified... all I can say is this - as a 6'2" 195lb guy, there is no such thing as a "comfortable" ride in an airplane - unless you are in first class....

Posted by Eric at February 17, 2010 03:41 PM

well said

I've been following the kevin smith debacle

Posted by wRitErsbLock at February 17, 2010 04:59 PM

I saw a brief mention of the Kevin Smith - Fat thing but didn't know what it was about. No one should be subjected to that kind of treatment, no matter their size.

Posted by jen at February 17, 2010 05:27 PM

I'm kind of big (US size 16/18) and I know the feeling of being judged by others for my size. And it sucks. The horrible, vitriolic online comments don't help.

I wonder: do the people who write those kinds of things THINK about what they are saying? Do they have a friend or family member who is maybe even a little bit fat? Or, God forbid, what if they start to put on weight as they get a little older?

The level of intolerance of our fellow human beings in this country never fails to shock me. I suppose a lot of it is Internet anonymity, but those people think about what they are saying?

Posted by ricki at February 17, 2010 05:34 PM

It is discrimination...your last line comparing it to being openly gay sums it up succinctly.

Posted by Mrs. Who at February 17, 2010 06:06 PM

That disgusts me to no end. You wrote this very well, btw. Better than I could have, because the whole thing simply leaves me speechless.

Posted by Theresa at February 18, 2010 05:32 AM

Absolutely kick-ass blogpost, sister...just awesome.

Posted by Erica at February 19, 2010 07:02 AM

Very, very nice. I'm a big guy, too, and I've rarely heard it put better than "oversize person who would really rather melt in to the corner, not touch you, and just ignore you for the rest of the flight."

Very nice post, ma'am.

Posted by Tommy at February 19, 2010 08:13 AM

I don't fly at all. Last time I got on a plane was probably 2002, and that was a business class seat that was still a tight fit.

For most places in Texas (with the possible exception of El Paso and Amarillo) I can drive there and arrive within 90 minutes +- of a person flying, once you factor in the time taken to get to the airport, check in, security screen, wait on the tarmac for takeoff clearance and the inevitable delay 'cause the landing patter is stacked up. Add in waiting for luggage and renting a car, and it's just about a wash, time-wise. It's definitely cheaper.

Oh, yeah... One more thing. When I drive, I get to have Mister .45 Auto keep me company all the way there & back.

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