Sunday, June 29, 2008

Next up: No airline food allowed for fat passengers

To all skinny people who feel a need to qualify every donning of a baby doll dress with the statement "This dress makes me look fat but I'm not": Shut up. Either quit being a slave to fashion trends and wear what actually flatters your body, or be quiet.

Speaking of fat hate, there's a new Southwest Airlines policy requiring obese passengers to purchase a second ticket. Ugh, that is one big ol' can of worms about to be opened. And in the Southwest Airlines FAQ page, the Company doesn't even sound too convinced of their own answers:

How will you ensure no one takes the seat beside me if I've purchased a second seat?

The Customer who has purchased two seats must be an active participant in preserving his/her additional seat. We encourage Customers of size to preboard to locate adequate seating, placing the Reserved Seat Document in the adjacent seat.

So then what happens to other non-fat passengers who are unable to get on a full flight because the seats have been reserved due to bad fat aura? This doesn't seem too financially sound, especially when you consider that a refund is issued to the obese passengers for the second ticket if the flight is full. And with the reality that fewer flights are being offered due to the gas crisis, this is damn near a guarantee. Look, don't get me wrong: I'd hate to be next to a largely obese person on a flight, but insensitive discrimination is not the way to fix this.

I'm large but can be seated with the armrests down. Aren't your Employees wrong to question me?
If a concern exists, we shouldn't ignore it even if it's difficult for both parties to discuss. Condoning an unsafe, cramped seating arrangement onboard our aircraft is far more inappropriate than simply questioning a Customer's fit in our seats.

That is way too much room for abuse and harassment and that's why I hate this policy. Couldn't they just create a seating area on the plane for obese people? After all, they had smoking areas in the past, no? Till such a solution can be implemented, we don't need a policy authorizing and approving profiling. Until obesity becomes such an epidemic such that you have a disproportionate amount of obese passengers per "normal" person, then there's really no need to insult people.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Oogie, have you seen the currently rotated Southwest commercial where the company says it doesn't charge fees, etc. because it's not their style or something like that. I immediately thought of your article. They definitely don't charge fees, just expect you to buy whole additional seats. Hee hee. That made my day :)


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