Too Thin To Fly On Southwest

We’ve all heard about people being too fat to fly, but too thin?  That’s apparently what happened on a recent Southwest Airlines flight.
Dallas-based Southwest says the crew on a flight from Las Vegas to Sacramento was put in a difficult situation recently.  They were forced to make a choice between an obsese teenager and a woman who fit fine.  The 14 year-old was flying solo, and only one seat had been purchased for him.  The problem was, he didn’t fit in one seat, so the woman who’d purchased the last standby ticket was asked to get off the plane so the teenager could have two seats.  Southwest says the decision was made because the teenager was flying alone, and the airline adds that the woman was booked on the next flight to Sacramento.  The airline stressed that if the obese passenger had been an adult, he would have been asked to buy another ticket. Southwest said it planned to extend a formal apology to the woman that was booted.

  • Randall

    You gotta be kidding me! First come first serve! It’s the only sensible way to have any order……..He’s a teenager.did anyone ask his opinion? When I was 14 I was asked my opinion……I was somebody, I was important!

  • David Yocum

    If one knows they are not going to fit in a seat, BE PREPARED to purchase 2 seats in advance so normal people don’t have to be inconvienced and give up their seat.
    I’m sorry for the teenager, but his parents should have known about this and should have put on the next flight.

  • larry fagg

    could we have a picture of who the two were, please?

  • larry fagg

    please give us pictures…they speak a thousand words or so I’m told.

  • Brandon

    I think it is just bad that the 14 yr. old was so fat to sit in 1 seat. I don’t know why normal sized peole continue to be punished because people can’t control themselves and wha they eat. Please don’t say some people can’t help it because I am sure that is true but not to the extreme of needing 2 seats on a plane.

  • gm

    His parents are to blame. It’s a lack of discipline and bad parenting that led to this situation. SWA should have let the woman stay on the plane instead of bending to a 14 year stretch of what has certainly been accommodation after accommodation by the kid’s parents and probably everyone else around him.

  • Duckman

    What all this is going to lead to is airlines having to profile your physical dimmensions on every ticket. Selling by space, not seats, available may become a reality if more people start making it an issue to be repositioned or assigned other flights due to their physical characteristics. Be ready to mention your weight and dimmensions (or they could just make that body scanner thing do it for you!)

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