Worried About Fitting In The Plane

I AM TRAVELING FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS MONTH....GOIN TO CANCUN AND TERRIFIED OF THE EMBARRASMENT OF NOT FITTING IN THE SEAT.  I HAVE HEARD HORROR STORIES AND JUST KNOW I WILL BE KICKED OFF THE PLANE AND LEFT BEHIND....DOES ANY ONE HAVE ANY INFORMATION OR ADVISE...HAS ANYONE FLUFFY EVER FLOWN?  I AM 300 LBS, SIZE 24, AND MAKING MYSELF SICK OVER MY VACATION...PLEASE HELP!!  FLYING AMERICAN AIRLINES

kingsma kingsma
41-45, F
1 Response Mar 4, 2010

I've flown with larger people on many occasions. It's nothing to be afraid of or worry about.<br />
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The first thing you should do is visit http://www.seatexpert.com and see if there are any seats that are either wider or with lots of room in front of them for you to be more comfortable. If there is one, see if you can change your seat selection by logging in online or calling the airline. You can do this any time before your flight.<br />
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When you go to check in, go a bit earlier and talk to the check in people before the long lines form if you can - it's not the end of the world if there are lines, so don't worry. Ask if the flight is full, if not, ask them to put you in a 3 seat row with an empty seat next to you. Be nice and they will generally be nice back. They do this kind of thing every day.<br />
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If the flight is full, ask them where they think the best seat is for everyone to be most comfortable. Again, they do this all the time, they know what's good and what works. They MIGHT ask you to buy another seat. Check the airline policy, some do this, some don't. It's a bit discriminatory and you might be able to ask to talk to a manager to waive it if the flight isn't full, but it might also end up being more comfortable for you as well. Again, being nice and relaxed will get you much farther than arguing and screaming (I've seen both, and the screaming never works and just starts your vacation on a bad note).<br />
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When on the plane, ask the person next to you if you can put the arm rest up. Sometimes they will say yes, sometimes they say no, but it never hurt to ask and it can really help the flight go well if you have that extra couple inches on one side.<br />
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The most important thing to remember is that you are not the first, nor will you be the last person to be worried about the size of the seats. It really happens every day on every airline.<br />
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Don't worry. You're going on vacation. Enjoy it :)