Weight/size to fit in one airline seat
I just found out I will need to fly in September. I have been purchasing 2 seats for the last 10 years. Usually work allows us to purchase the tickets and then reimburses us but this time they are making all the travel arrangements so my husband and I will have to purchase our tickets at separate times and I'm not sure if I'm ready to fit in a single seat yet, so I'm terrified that we may not be able to sit together.
I have lost 41 lbs since surgery on June 1st and lost 41 lbs prior to surgery so I'm down 82 since December. I'm now wearing a woman's 2x top but still in a 3x or 26 bottom. Does anyone have any idea if I'll be o.k. with a single seat or should I just bag this trip and wait till the next time around.
Thanks in advance for any input.
They do vary by type of aircraft, so you'll have to know what flight you're considering first.
Worse comes to worse, get an aisle seat so you can hang your butt out over the aisle a bit if needed.
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On August 5th I will be squishing my 320 lbs butt into a regular economy seat again.
I feel horrible for the person next to me but I always get a window seat so I can squish to one side I hopes if giving them a bit more room.
But, I wouldn't assume past experiences are any indication of what the airlines will allow going forward. Sheesh, Delta/Northwest stipulates requiring two seats just for needing ONE extender.
And especially now that they are charging $25/bag for checked luggage, I suspect more people will be inclined to complain if they have to fly seated on your lap.
Personally, if this was still an issue for me, I would fly very early in the morning when flights are cheaper and less full and buy two seats rather than face the humiliation of being asked to leave a full plane because I was too fat.
But, again, come December I don't think you'll have the trouble you might have now.
September is a long way away in DS time--you'll be fine!
on 7/14/10 8:10 am
Now, in real life, I would say that one can easily Triple that number and be livable in said seat. At my heaviest I had a size 52 waist and was able to fit into a standard coach seat on the 737, 757, and AA's workhorse the MD-80. I wont say those who had to sit next to me were the most comfortable (usually my wife or one of my kids) but it was livable for all involved. Now that I am a size 32 I don't worry about the width but rather the padding of said seat as my bony butt hurts on long haul flights with sparsely padded seats. That's what the free blankets are for, extra seat padding!!!
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