Slight side step - I read an article in a newspaper last week which suggested that airlines would actually like to weigh passengers but they feel it would be seen as too policically incorrect. Apparently last year a passenger sued an airline for several thousands of pounds because she was squashed next to a lady weighing 23 stone who could only sit down if the arm rests were both up - her husband had requested to be seated in a different row of seats when they checked in!
Interesting to see how it would be done though - if you weigh, for example, 15stone and are 5ft you are obese, but if you're 6'6 you're not!! Perhaps it could be linked it with luggage allowance - what an incentive to lose weight - you could take more shoes!!!
Message posted by joolsk on 20 August 2008 at 4:45pm - IP Logged
They'd probably have to do that on your BMI, though I must say personally I'd be horrified at the thought of being weighed by a complete stranger!
Back to the excess, our friends were over last year and they got away with it by trying to have a joke with the check in girl in greek!! However thye've learnt their lesson and didn't chance it again this year!
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 20 August 2008 at 5:22pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by jetstream7 on 20 August 2008
Quote: Just feel sorry for people who do get charged especially on there way home puts a bit of a damper on don't you think
No you don't think.
The luggage allowances are part of your contract with the airline / tour operator, so why whinge if you don't keep your part of the deal?
Yes it may well be but it is still a rip of...Ask your self why do they not charge a person or person on there own weight...Because they would get taken to the cleaners(How can any airline know as to the pay load for the persons its taking on board the aircraft.So the only way they can get more money out of you is with luggage...
Four years ago the wife had a window seat i was sat in the middle..I had a very large person sat next door to that even at to have an extension for his seat bealt..And for the first time even the armrest at to be up put up for him to even sitdown...Not that i am complaining(he can not help his weight he may have an illness of some kind)..But as you know in the press of late that people are getting bigger(as to children as well)..Have the airlines done any thing about the obesity of people for there comfort.....NO is the anwser...
..As you say to there contract.....The luggage allowances are part of your contract....So is not the seating in an aircraft(sandered room in second class)..As they have not taken the larger person into consideration have they...Chris
Message posted by marymouse on 20 August 2008 at 5:33pm - IP Logged
Remember reading about a guy who was VERY large and paid for two seats to give himself some comfort. Check in gave him seats C and D !!!
May be an urban myth, but amusing!
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 20 August 2008 at 8:04pm - IP Logged
Kassi... And i bet he at to pay for the extra seat as well...
Marymouse...Why should the bigger person have to pay extra..The seats should be big enough in the first place to acomondate...All airlines are doing is baceing seating along the lines of me mr average..But not so in this day and age...More seats more money..Or as they say bums on seats = extra pounds..Chris
Message posted by kassi on 20 August 2008 at 9:16pm - IP Logged
Exactly Chris - we went to Spain on a new XL in May - first flight. It was horrendous. 40 more seats than previously - and guess who suffered - yes, us poor passengers. Couldn't even turn the pages of a book without lifting the book over your head to do it! And it's a good job we didn't have meals, as no way would we have got the tray down. And we are normal average sized folk.
My son was with us and he's 6'4". Luckily because they had the little fella with them, who at 2 years old had to have his own seat, he was able to sit sideways and stretch his legs out a bit. Don't know how he would have gone on otherwise.
Paid for extra leg room seats on the way back.
Makes my blood boil - it is always the customers who suffer.
Message posted by marymouse on 21 August 2008 at 10:48am - IP Logged
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