Nadine Thompson is one of four overweight persons who sued Southwest Airlines over its policy of asking passengers who cannot fit into a seat to pay for a second one. 'I am overweight, but I'm not obese,' said Thompson, 127 kilograms (280 pounds). 

Thompson said she liked Southwest so much that she was a frequent flier -- until she was escorted from a flight by two armed sheriffs after refusing to buy a second ticket. 'I had my armrest down, seat belt fastened,' Thompson said, when a manager boarded the plane and told her that for the comfort and safety of herself and other passengers, she would have to buy a second ticket. The airline apologized, but too late. Her discrimination suit goes to trial in February 2006. 

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Is it discrimination when airlines force overweight people to buy two seats?
Nadine Thompson is one of four overweight persons who sued Southwest Airlines over its policy of asking passengers who cannot fit into a seat to pay for a second one. `I am overweight, but I`m not obese,` said Thompson, 127 kilograms (280 pounds).

Thompson said she liked Southwest so much that she was a frequent flier -- until she was escorted from a flight by two armed sheriffs after refusing to buy a second ticket. `I had my armrest down, seat belt fastened,` Thompson said, when a manager boarded the plane and told her that for the comfort and safety of herself and other passengers, she would have to buy a second ticket. The airline apologized, but too late. Her discrimination suit goes to trial in February 2006.

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17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 5:36:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
What a crock-o-shyt move by SWA. But for Thompson to bring such a retarded technicality up (overweight but not obese) upsets me a bit. I'd say this to her: "Just deal with the fact that you're big enough for SWA to get on your case, and leave it at that. The issue is them wanting you to pay for half your body being in another seat, whether you're called fat, obese, overweight, overly large, a "2-seater", whatever.. cut the lame junk and go straight for the throat. You took up an extra seat, that is the basis for the issue. Again, not the issue.. but the basis for it. The airline was good and screwed up to ask you, much less escort you, from the plane once you were seated." They should have acted quicker or had efficient preventive measures. Of course that would be a separate issue by itself, but I think my point is made.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 5:41:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not obese at 127 kilograms???

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 5:46:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course, they deliberately make airline seats small so they can cram more in and make more cash. Sorry Nadine, but unless you're around 7ft tall, you're obese. Still no reason for an airline to charge for a second ticket. One person, one ticket.

BTW, the airlines are CONSTANTLY trying to f**k you. Take the 'no smoking' policy. most people think this was for the comfort of non-smokers. WRONG, it was simply so the could circulate the air less and save some money. The result of this has been that you are now MORE likely to pick up a communicable disease on an aircraft than you were before they banned smoking. the health nazis shot themselves in the foot there, HA-F**KING-HA!

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 5:47:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
if she could get her armrest down then how the hell was she taking up two seats. but i ve never been on a plane so i dont know how these things work
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 12:05:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Do any of you watch the show 'Airline' on A&E? It's a reality show about Southwest and their ticket counters and employees and stuff. And they have to enforce the 'customer of size' rule ALL the time. They have to take the obese person to the plane and make them sit down and buckle up, and if any part of their fat goes over the arm rests, they have to buy a second seat.

I always feel so bad for the obese people, because a lot of times they don't have money to buy another ticket, and it has to be humiliating for them to be told they are too fat to go on the plane normally. But ultimately I side with Southwest - flying is such a nightmare anyway, you don't want to be sitting next to someone taking up part of your seat when the seats are so tiny to begin with!

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 12:12:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think they should pay more for their single seat certainly. I think it's unfair when two people, one who weighs lets say 55 kgs, and one who weighs 127 kgs, pay the same price for their seat, when the person of 55 kgs has to pay a fine for carrying too much luggage.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 12:16:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Brunnen G- I agree with you.
Airlines do not care about your comfort. They care about your money. I have see the program on A&E and I hate SWA for it. They are A Holes almost all the time.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/14/05 - 5:59:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
While it may be unfair to pay for two seats, obese people need to realize that people like to be as comfortable as they can possibly be on flights, and sitting next to someone who's fat is oozing into their allowed personal space is NOT comfortable. Just like you dont want to be next to people who breathe loudly while watching a movie, you also dont want to be uncomfortable sitting next to someone on a flight when theyre not only taking up their personal space, but yours too.

I may be sounding callous towards overweight people, but this is something they need to realize.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 10:08:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
The seats are small, but I agree with onis.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 10:14:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
ya, oozing fat in your seat is never comfortable on a flight
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 10:25:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Who ate all the pies?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 10:36:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's not discrimination, because there is actually a problem created by the people's size.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 11:35:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
i bet the fat people feel really bad, but if i'm on a 6 hour or longer flight, no way am i sitting with you
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 11:39:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
its not descrimination, i am overweight myself. if you dont fit in the seat, then you should have to buy another ticket, its not comfortable to the people around you
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/05 - 3:11:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree also if you invade the space of another person on an airplane you should have to pay for 2 seats
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 11:27:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
If she could pull the armrest down then why would they make her buy another seat? What a humiliating experience.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:08:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yea I think it's discrimination towards fat people.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:10:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, it's discrimination.
But if she fit in the seat, why make her buy another ticket?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:14:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. They use 2 seats. They pay for 2.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:14:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really don't think it's fair to force them to pay more just because they're overweight. It isn't right.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:22:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
What about when they have a butt cheek in your chair? You just gonna sit on the floor then and let him take it?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:23:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
If catering to fat people is in demand then an airline will start making planes with wider seats.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:23:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
They still shouldn't have to pay double.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:40:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
They should pay for double, but at a discounted price. Like the price of 1.5 tickets. It's usually their fault for being fat, but they shouldn't be overly discriminated.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 12:47:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
if there the size of 2 people they should buy to seats. some people are the size of 3 seats. do they still to only pay for 2 seats?

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