US Airways outlines policy on overweight passengers.

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    Apr 19, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    As reported in the Charlotte Business Journal, US Airways group has come forward with its policy on overweight passengers. He is the article in full:

    US Airways Group Inc. says it tries to put obese passengers on later flights that might be able to accommodate them. But in some cases, the carrier may charge those passengers for another seat.
    “Our policy is that safety and comfort are the main priority for all our passengers,” says Valerie Wunder, spokeswoman for the carrier. “We try to accommodate passengers at no charge, first by offering seat-belt extenders or, if there are seats available, offering them an additional seat.

    “If the plane is full,” she adds, “we offer passengers of size accommodations on the next available flight with seats, again without change fees, etc. Then if that is not an option, we would charge the passenger for an additional seat and ask for volunteers.”
    US Airways is among several airlines that are outlining their policies for passengers who require additional space. That follows United Airlines’ recent announcement that it will charge some individuals for a second seat or make them upgrade to first-class.
    Arizona-based US Airways (NYSE:LCC) operates its largest hub at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
    Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger says the Dallas-based carrier has a long-standing policy on overweight passengers who might not be able to fit into one seat.
    “For those customers who occupy more than one seat, we do ask them to pay for that seat,” Eichinger says. “We do offer the seat at a discount and refund the fare if the flight is not completely full.”
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    thank you god.


    this is totally a gift from baby jesus.
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    I think it is horrible. Some individuals have health problems inwhich they gain weight very easily and have a very difficult time losing it. I believe charging them extra is immoral and can really hurt their self-esteem. Damn companies will do anything to make a buck!
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    I think this is great also!

    Have you ever sat next to someone that over took the sit next to you?? Its very uncomfortable especially sitting in the middle sit with no where to go for the duration of the flight.
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    mtkguard saidI think this is great also!

    Have you ever sat next to someone that over took the sit next to you?? Its very uncomfortable especially sitting in the middle sit with no where to go for the duration of the flight.


    This happened to me on a flight from Baltimore to Cincinnati. I was in the middle seat. The man to my left needed a seatbelt extender. I had about three fourths of my actual seat. He had the armrest, that would have been between us, up between the seats. So, I got to lean on my right one for the whole flight. And thankfully the person to my right leaned towards the window. I wish I could remember how long the flight was but it has been several years. What upset me the most was the fact that I paid for a full seat....and was only allowed access to three fourths of it due to his size.
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
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    mtkguard saidI think this is great also!

    Have you ever sat next to someone that over took the sit next to you?? Its very uncomfortable especially sitting in the middle sit with no where to go for the duration of the flight.


    This happened to me on a flight from Baltimore to Cincinnati. I was in the middle seat. The man to my left needed a seatbelt extender. I had about three fourths of my actual seat. He had the armrest, that would have been between us, up between the seats. So, I got to lean on my right one for the whole flight. And thankfully the person to my right leaned towards the window. I wish I could remember how long the flight was but it has been several years. What upset me the most was the fact that I paid for a full seat....and was only allowed access to three fourths of it due to his size.


    I would have gotten a flight attendant and refused to sit in that seat. I paid for a whole seat I expect a whole seat period. I am pissed that the rule allows for a seatbelt extender. lord knows that if you need a seatbelt extender to fit into the seat you aren't fitting into the seat with the exception of a pregnant woman carry at least twins. I am 6 foot 180 and still have the seatbelt cinched up with plenty of room left.
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    I don't know why this is suddenly a huge issue because US Airways is implementing this policy. Many other airlines have been doing this for years.

    I agree with it. It sucks to sit next to an obese person who is literally taking up your seat as well as theirs. And it's unfair to say "oh you're fat we'll just give you another seat we could've sold for hundreds of dollars."
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    Apr 19, 2009 5:15 PM GMT
    I totally agree.

    I also agree with them charging overweight passengers more for fuel. And while I'm pissing people off, I also agree that insurance companies should charge overweight people more for health insurance.

    Guys, we're in the minority. Most of us are in very good shape here, compared to the rest of the populace. Obesity is an epidemic. People *have* to get this under control. And what's the thing that will effect change the fastest? When it hits them in the pocketbook, time and time again.

    Yes, there are some due to extreme medical issues that have serious problems...but...honestly...99% of the people out there that are overweight, are overweight by choice, and by habit.

    They're costing US companies billions of dollars, they're making my insurance premiums go up, and making me foot the bill for their own lack of will power and laziness.

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    Apr 19, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    i visited the bible belt for Easter and was totally blown away by the number of extremely obese people. i couldn't pass these people in an aisle in a store and because of their extreme weight they could hardly walk. What has happened to America? And then i start thinking that i'm being shallow and judgmental about this issue. Yikes
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    Apr 19, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    WHAT?!? Am I the only one that disagrees with this policy? Yes, some of us have been blessed with a fast metabolism and some of us picked up a very healthy and fit life style. But you really should look at how our American culture promotes obesity.

    If you only have a few bucks to spend on food a day and will give you feeling of being reasonably full; which, is more economical: dollar menu at a fast food place or something comparatively healthier?

    Very few cities (small and large) people do not feel safe in so walking/ cycling is out of the question. Have you ever tried hauling a week's worth of food 2+ miles home without a vehicle? We also have more quikie marts compared to real grocery stores so if someone doesn't have a car (remember some parts of this country have winter) which is closer?

    Furthermore, think how we raise children today? Many schools band candy drives, parties in classrooms, vending machines, etc..... but then look at the lunches they give the students chez sticks with marinara. Peanut butter and fluff on a bagel (these New England people are crazy).

    Just some food for thought.
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    Apr 21, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Gaymedes saidWHAT?!? Am I the only one that disagrees with this policy? Yes, some of us have been blessed with a fast metabolism and some of us picked up a very healthy and fit life style. But you really should look at how our American culture promotes obesity.

    If you only have a few bucks to spend on food a day and will give you feeling of being reasonably full; which, is more economical: dollar menu at a fast food place or something comparatively healthier?

    Very few cities (small and large) people do not feel safe in so walking/ cycling is out of the question. Have you ever tried hauling a week's worth of food 2+ miles home without a vehicle? We also have more quikie marts compared to real grocery stores so if someone doesn't have a car (remember some parts of this country have winter) which is closer?

    Furthermore, think how we raise children today? Many schools band candy drives, parties in classrooms, vending machines, etc..... but then look at the lunches they give the students chez sticks with marinara. Peanut butter and fluff on a bagel (these New England people are crazy).

    Just some food for thought.


    dude your arguments are bunk. cooking your food is cheaper than eating out even on the dollar menu. When I cook at home I save hundreds of dollars a month as compared to when I am eatting fast food. your average meal from home costs me 1-3 dollars as compared to the 4 i would probably spend on the dollar menu.

    The getting groceries home issue is also bunk, it is called a wheeled shopping cart in cities you can buy them all over the place, and you may look like a little old lady but they work great.
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    Apr 21, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    Gaymedes saidWHAT?!? Am I the only one that disagrees with this policy? Yes, some of us have been blessed with a fast metabolism and some of us picked up a very healthy and fit life style. But you really should look at how our American culture promotes obesity.

    If you only have a few bucks to spend on food a day and will give you feeling of being reasonably full; which, is more economical: dollar menu at a fast food place or something comparatively healthier?

    Very few cities (small and large) people do not feel safe in so walking/ cycling is out of the question. Have you ever tried hauling a week's worth of food 2+ miles home without a vehicle? We also have more quikie marts compared to real grocery stores so if someone doesn't have a car (remember some parts of this country have winter) which is closer?

    Furthermore, think how we raise children today? Many schools band candy drives, parties in classrooms, vending machines, etc..... but then look at the lunches they give the students chez sticks with marinara. Peanut butter and fluff on a bagel (these New England people are crazy).

    Just some food for thought.


    In other words, it's okay to not take care of myself and become obese, I'll just blame it on society?

    I have a friend who comes from a working-class family. Her (part time) and her single mother's combined income is only about thirty-thousand dollars a year. They live 30 minutes from the nearest town in rural North Dakota, yet they still manage to eat a very healthy home-cooked diet. She can't afford mixed greens in her salad, organic vegetables, nor prime cuts of meat, but she gets by with iceberg lettuce, frozen/on sale vegetables and less desirable cuts of meat (beef hearts, chicken thighs instead of breasts, etc.)

    I see absolutely no reason that anyone, except the poor should blame their dietary choices on their income. On laziness? Yes.
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    Apr 21, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    Gaymedes saidWHAT?!? Am I the only one that disagrees with this policy? Yes, some of us have been blessed with a fast metabolism and some of us picked up a very healthy and fit life style. But you really should look at how our American culture promotes obesity.

    If you only have a few bucks to spend on food a day and will give you feeling of being reasonably full; which, is more economical: dollar menu at a fast food place or something comparatively healthier?

    Very few cities (small and large) people do not feel safe in so walking/ cycling is out of the question. Have you ever tried hauling a week's worth of food 2+ miles home without a vehicle? We also have more quikie marts compared to real grocery stores so if someone doesn't have a car (remember some parts of this country have winter) which is closer?

    Furthermore, think how we raise children today? Many schools band candy drives, parties in classrooms, vending machines, etc..... but then look at the lunches they give the students chez sticks with marinara. Peanut butter and fluff on a bagel (these New England people are crazy).

    Just some food for thought.


    Avoidance of personal responsibility, It's everyone elses fault but mine. It's my genetics, and the media, and advertising and food conglomerates and the High fructose corn syrup and the aspartame and Mc Donalds and the way I was raised and government and the school system...

    It couldn't possibly be my fault...after all it not like all these thing may contribute slightly but I ultimately control the deciding step of what I choose to put in my mouth...That would be suggesting I was born with freewill, and learned self control and the logic to think through the consequences of my actions from birth