Would you be willing to pay more for a plane ticket if it meant someone else could enjoy a free extra seat to be more comfortable? If airlines give a free extra seat to plus-size travelers, the cost will be passed on in every passenger’s airfare… so this topic is dividing travelers.
A self-described plus-sized travel blogger has sparked some controversy after starting a petition to make the government make airlines protect overweight passengers including by giving out a free 2nd seat.
The plus-sized traveler has said that having to pay for a second seat to accommodate her body is discrimination. The issue has been dividing opinions in the travel world recently, and we want to know what you think as a traveler. Here are the details.
Free seats for plus-sized passengers
Here are the basics:
- Blogger Jaelynn Chaney created the petition
- She is a plus-sized travel and lifestyle creator
- She is based in Vancouver (Washington) but travels often
- The petition asks for free extra seats (1 extra seat or even 2)
- To accommodate larger bodies when flying
- For any passenger who needs more space to travel comfortably
- The alternative demand is for airlines to refund the cost of extra seats
- That’s basically the same thing with the same effects
- The petition also asks for improvements at security checkpoints
- To end “mistreatment” of plus-sized travelers
- The petition has gained over 17,000 signatures
- It’s addressed to the government (the FAA, the U.S. DOT, the TSA) and to airlines
The petition is the latest thing to go viral and cause drama in the travel world.
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Should plus-size passengers get free seats?
The petition and the associated social media posts and press have been causing a big divide. Some people think airlines should cater to plus-sized passengers who experience “discomfort and discrimination” when flying.
In her petition, Jaelynn Chaney states;
“Airlines should offer a refund for plus-size passengers who purchase additional seats independently.”
She also claims:
“All plus-size passengers should be provided with an extra free seat, or even 2 or 3 seats depending on their size, to accommodate their needs and ensure their comfort during the flight.”
The full list of demands in the petition includes training staff to help them handle “sensitive” situations better, free seats or seat refunds, the possibility of changing seat arrangements, offering wheelchairs, and easier-to-access bathrooms.
In interviews, when it was pointed out that airlines would most likely pass the cost onto other passengers by raising ticket costs, Chaney admitted that others would shoulder the cost.
While some have praised the petition saying it is necessary and would make flying more accessible for lots of people, others are furious at being asked to pay extra so others can fly.
Many think that those who are plus sized and need extra seats should be the only ones to pay for said extra seats.
What do you think?
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A plus-size travel blogger and thousands of supporters want extra seats for overweight passengers to be free for them and subsidized by everyone else onboard a plane (because the cost would be passed along in everyone’s ticket price), while other travelers are quite opposed to that.
What would you like to know about free seats for plus-size passengers? Tell us in the comments below.
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Featured image: The petition organizer (photo credit: JaeBaeProductions on Instagram)