Snacks on a plane - what to do about obese passengers?
Imagine boarding a flight and finding yourself sat next to The Man Who Ate A Whole Family Of Horses For Breakfast. Sounds like a terrible yet incredibly entertaining film, but with the population becoming increasingly obese it's a problem that's going to grow in size (arf!). For example, this photo was allegedly taken by a member of the cabin crew on a recent American Airlines flight:
"This is sent to me with the absolute assurance that it's a genuine picture taken by a flight attendant at American Airlines. The flight attendant took it to show her manager what was happening on the aircraft and why she was unhappy about it."
The alleged concern of the staff member was that the passenger hadn't bought two seats yet was still allowed to board. There would no doubt have been an issue with regards to discrimination if they had been barred from the aircraft, but really - you wouldn't want to be stuck behind him in a fire, would you? Safe evacuation of the aircraft is a write-off, as is the trolley service, and even for a short haul flight, the guy in the middle seat is going to be scarred by that journey until the day he dies. It also makes a mockery of airlines charging outrageous amounts for excess baggage when you can smuggle a suitcase worth of additional weight on board in lard.
Judging by the comments on the post, plenty believe the photo is a fake, pointing out various artifacts in the image that are tell-tale signs, although some seem likely to be aberrations caused by the piss-poor quality of the camera. There's also the point made that he appears to be sat on the arm of his chair rather than in it, but that may simply be an act of goodwill to stop the other passenger suffocating.
Regardless of its authenticity, it's certainly started a conversation about how airlines should be behaving in these situations. Should passengers of a certain height or weight be charged more, or passengers of a certain waist size be required to take a second seat? Is that really discrimination if not only the comfort, but the safety of other passengers is at risk?