(Metro)- An American airline has brought in a new ticketing policy where passengers are weighed at check-in – and seats are allocated to ‘manage weight across the cabin’.
One passenger, David Haleck, has complained after being weighed and allocated a seat to ‘balance’ the aircraft, according to Radio New Zealand.
Hawaiian Airlines now no longer allows any passengers to pre-select seats on flights between Pago Pago and Honolulu and weights everyone getting on board.
It has been suggested that the move is because Samoa has a high rate of obesity – with up to 74.6% of adults considered obese, according to the CIA World Factbook.
Haleck says, ‘Of course Hawaiian is saying that ‘yes it is a safety issue’ but, you know, weight distribution …so have we been flying unsafe for all these years?
The US Transportation Department has said it will investigate Mr Haleck’s complaint.
Anyone who has sat next to a fat person a plane knows it’s literally the worst thing ever. It puts you on edge the whole flight. Like you want to tell the guy or gal to move the fuck over and stop hogging the armrests, but the person is already obese so their life already probably sucks. You have to look at it from their point of view though. When fat people walk down the aisle of the airplane, they know that every other passenger is praying to the high heavens that they don’t sit next to them. The face of a person who just realized they’re sitting next to a morbidly obese person on a flight is priceless. It’s like a mixture of disappointment and just pure fear.
With that being said, if Hawaiian Airlines wants to weigh obese passengers to insure everyone’s safety I’m fine with that. Yes, it does sound a lot like fat shaming, because weight distribution has never been a probably in the past, but even if that’s the case I’m fine with it. If fat people want to fly they should have to run some sort of gauntlet. And if they don’t want to put up with all the bullshit, they should just buy a roomy SUV and drive to their desired location.