First it was cigarettes, then it was trans-fats and NOW:
Obese travellers should pay for two seats when travelling on a plane, according to voters in a new survey.
The survey, conducted by travel company totaltravel.com, asked whether "excessively overweight" people should be forced to pay for two seats when travelling by plane.
Almost two-thirds of the 2810 respondents (63 per cent) believed obese people should be charged for an additional seat, answering that they did not want to share the seat they had paid for.
Thirty five per cent were more sympathetic, voting that excessively overweight people should not be penalised for their size.
Totaltravel.com global marketing manager Paul Fisher said the issue was one that resonated strongly with travellers, especially as seat space was at such a premium since the advent of low-cost carriers.
"This is a sensitive issue for all involved and forcing obese people to pay for two tickets raises a lot of ethical and legal dilemmas," Mr Fisher said.
"Airlines should be working out a solution to the problem, whether it is discounted second seats or specially-designed chairs for larger people."
Oh I just love this! Overweight people have to buy two seats if they want to fly on an airplane. Two-thirds of the people answering the survey say so. I wonder what the percentage of the people answering the survey were "obese?" I bet a very small percentage!
You know overweight people get a raw deal all the time and now if your body leans over into the seat next to you a little bit the person next to you is going to jump up and yell "Make him/her buy another seat!"
You know people who are too overweight to fit into those effin' skinny airplane seats know who they are, and they stay off planes. They wouldn't try to shove their "fat" bodies into those slim seats and embarrass themselves. What d'ya think - overweight people don't know they are overweight? Huh?
Airplane companies built their airplanes and the seats to fit the greatest number of people in the least amount of space so they can make the most money. You think those seats were built for comfort? Just check out the first-class seats and see what I mean.
You know people you'd better be careful who you want to penalize about something, anything in our society. You may be next!
Do you walk with a limp, better watch out there are people who don't want to walk next to you. Are you short? There are people who don't want to help you reach high shelves in supermarkets. Are you "old?" There are people who would vote that you lay down and let doctors euthanize you.
People where is your humanity?!