Too Tall To Fly? Man Forced To Stand During Flight

Submitted by: midnightblis 6 years ago
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/deal-airline-seat-regulations/story?id=12874522

Kevin Smith was too fat to fly, this guy was too tall. Are the airlines legally allowed to play God? What can you do?
There are 37 comments:
Male 3,076
they didn`t tell him to stand he asked...
he didn`t buy first class or exit place befor he came to the airport...
Buy you own drating plane or shut the drat up!
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Male 1,360
Spirit=Ryanair?
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Male 48
I`m a tall guy (6foot6) and I simply request seating next to the emergency exits. If none is available, they usually switch me, since they realize my height is a problem.

The major difference between height and width is, height is not a choice. Being fat is. You chose to live unhealthily, that`s your birthright, but choices have consequences. In the case of flying, the consequence is a higher fair to compensate for your girth.

It`s the same way that if I`m palced next to someone who rivals smaller species of whales in size, I immediately contact a flight attendant. As I`ve beent aught by my father, who travels the equivalent to around 10 times around the world every year, on varying airlines. Complain and you will get reseated in 90% of the cases. The last ten, you get compensation (my trans-Atlantic flight from France to the US last year was refunded entirely after I made a complaint- first as I was seated and again on landing).

TL;DR: Call out the issues
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Male 1,610
[quote]I think they should be forced to expand the seating space to fit the few extra-tall people in the world, which will in turn reduce total number of seats on the plane, which will in turn raise the price of tickets for everybody!![/quote]

Or maybe they shouldn`t have been cheap-asses and made the smallest seating space out of any airline in the first place.

[quote]The world should not be forced to bend around your oh so special needs.[/quote]

Spirit Airlines =/= the world. Don`t be so dramatic.
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Male 309
"It would be more like trying to get a haircut, but then being charged more because your hair is too long."

Ummm...women`s haircuts cost more than mens for exactly that reason.
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Male 309
I think they should be forced to expand the seating space to fit the few extra-tall people in the world, which will in turn reduce total number of seats on the plane, which will in turn raise the price of tickets for everybody!!

What a great idea!!
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Male 378
sit on the floor dumbass?
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Male 359
By all means they should configure the seating to accommodate every person in every circumstance. I mean where does a private company get off providing a service and letting demand hold sway?

Lets not forget the claustrophobics out there. Why arent there C131s lined up empty just to transport them alone within their cavernous fuselage?

Too tall, too fat, whatever. The world should not be forced to bend around your oh so special needs.
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Male 105
Whenever I flew it didn`t cost extra for emergency row seats, but the airlines I flew don`t allow you to ask for them until you check in. I have been on several packed flights and the seats are already taken by the time I get to the airport. at 6` 4" it does get extremely tight and first class is way out of my price range at 4-5 times the price of any other seat on the plane. It has gotten worse over the years to the point that my knees are jammed so hard into the seat in front of me that they can`t recline it. I usually have to ask them not to recline because it hurts....
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Female 1,589
Way to bend the truth.
It`s his fault for not getting there earlier to book an exit row seat. The airline did not TELL him to stand, they said that he could if he wanted to. He asked THEM.
You get what you pay for. Buy a ticket on a cheap airline, and you`re not going to have a comfortable journey.
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Male 25,416
meh...
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Male 2,033
He could have bought a better seat. Why the hell should someone that paid for a good seat have to give it up because he doesn`t have the forethought to get a seat that fits him?

Yes, it sucks that some airlines pack you in so much but if it is such a bother to you then you can fly first class, or pay for a bulkhead/exit row or take that odd wingless plane that drives on the two little metal roads.
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Male 1,587
smigbaafm- just to let you know- barbers can charge more for guys with really long hair who want it cut short. It is only enforced if it is a big issue tho.

apj311- I completely agree with you.
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Male 749
Fat people should pay two seats, tall people should be accommodated. You can`t really control your height, but (in nearly all cases) you can control your weight. If people have allowed themselves to gain weight to the point where it would cause problems for other passengers next to them, they should have to pay for a second seat.
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Male 1,610
@Fuego

ever see someone resting their head on the tray table, try and do it too and your head hits the seat in front of you before you`re halfway there? feelsbadman
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Male 1,287
Brassbull: "Should he have? I`m 6`7" and I have never flown an airline that had seats which were too small for me..."

More power to you. I`m 6`3" and the Continental flight from Houston to Honolulu was a bitch. That was the deciding factor for me to never sit in economy for a flight longer than 3 - 4 hours.
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Male 1,815
Someone doesn`t know what the phrase "playing god" means. What a stupid caption. I`m totally with you NitroJunkie.
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Male 648
@Gerry
a plane trip isn`t comparable to a pair of pants, as one is a service and one is a good.

It would be more like trying to get a haircut, but then being charged more because your hair is too long.
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Male 1,249
Who cares?
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Male 10,845
[quote]Why should the [people] who pay extra to sit at the exit row give up their seat?[/quote]


So now we can pay extra to allow ourselves to throw courtesy out the window? That`s the worst precedent I`ve ever heard.
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Male 1,610

[quote]that`s life and this guy should have known that by now.[/quote]

Should he have? I`m 6`7" and I have never flown an airline that had seats which were too small for me. This includes Aeroflot, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, United, Continental, Delta, US Airlines, AirTran (NEVER AGAIN) JAL, United Emirates, and a few others that I can`t recall the names of.
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Female 612
Well, if he hadn`t known ahead of time that he wouldn`t fit then it wouldn`t really be his fault. However, when you`re that tall you really ought to be aware you won`t fit in most normal places. My dad is 6`8" and can`t comfortably drive many cars or fly in many airplanes, but he knows to prepare ahead of time for what to do in the event he can`t fit in the seat he paid for (which would be to upgrade his ticket). It`s not his fault he`s so tall and isn`t fair in a way he has to pay, but that`s life and this guy should have known that by now.
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Male 5,413
Surely, SURELY(!) there is something more important going on in the world right now.
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Male 1,610
[quote]If he went for cheep, small pants but couldn`t fit into them, would it be the manufacturers fault?[/quote]

If you weren`t allowed to try the pants on till you left the store and weren`t able to get a refund, sure.

[quote]When was he FORCED to do anything?[/quote]

When it became apparent that the only way for him to sit required him to have his knees in the aisle, which is against regulations.
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Male 51
Wait wait wait wait wait. When was he FORCED to do anything? Both the interview and the article make it clear that he chose to stand up, and was not forced. And as for airlines, they`re more or less allowed to impose whatever restrictions they want. Until we start refusing to pay for them, they`ll keep squeezing money out of you.
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Male 1,287
I don`t feel sorry for this guy one bit. Next time purchase a seat with extra leg room or fly with an airline who doesn`t pack their seats so tightly.
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Male 535
and he was not forced to stand! he asked if he could and the airline said yes. actually they even made him sit down for the start and landing. so this is clearly a headline fail
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Male 37,888
He went for the cheepest, small seat and didn`t fit into it.

If he went for cheep, small pants but couldn`t fit into them, would it be the manufacturers fault?
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Male 535
in america you have to pay extra to get an exit row seat? holy sh*t people!
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Male 11,740
I`m glad I know about them now. I`m as tall as that guy, so I`ll never fly Spirit. I probably wouldn`t anyway after this, they`re buttheads.
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Male 648
I think airlines need to stop being greedy bastards and cramming customers into planes just to get more money per flight. It seems to be that the business has little consideration for customer satisfaction.

They should have accommodated this guy. If there is a lawsuit, I hope he wins.
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Male 6,694
Its always something.
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Male 5,194
I don`t feel sorry for the guy that`s too fat to fit in a plane seat (seriously? too fat to fit on a plane?) but THIS guy has a legitimate gripe.
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Male 721
pay for a better flight, or ane exit row seat. nothing worse than sitting next to a fat person or someone who complains about everything.

if they adjusted their leg room, then there wouldnt be such thing as "cheap flights"
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Male 15,510
Well, remember we are dealing with people who are seriously considering to change the economic class chairs for this ones


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Male 758
Whoever decided that telling someone they`re too fat and/or too tall is playing `god`, is a f-cking idiot.
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Female 48
Link: Too Tall To Fly? Man Forced To Stand During Flight [Rate Link] - Kevin Smith was too fat to fly, this guy was too tall. Are the airlines legally allowed to play God? What can you do?
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