United obese: United Airlines to make...

United obese: United Airlines to make large, heavy fliers pay f...

There are 716 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 15, 2009, titled United obese: United Airlines to make large, heavy fliers pay f.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Starting today, United Airlines may bump severely overweight passengers from sold-out flights.

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really2

Chicago, IL

#1 Apr 15, 2009
good! people in America need to learn that they are fat and unhealthy. Just like everyday coming up from the subway or going up to the elevators in my office people just STAND on the escalator. It is not an amusement park people. If you can't walk up half as many stairs without getting winded or tired you might want to re-think your lifestyle.
ted

Littleton, CO

#2 Apr 15, 2009
yes..yes..extra charge for fat people
Karen

Westchester, IL

#4 Apr 15, 2009
Maybe if United had not scaled down their seat sizes, they wouldn't have to enforce this new policy..Their current seats are extremely uncomfortable even for those of us who have no weight problem..Just another way to make more money..Since the rule will apply for those who need more than one seat belt extension, and that won't occur until boarding, how in the world do you spare the customer the embarrassment of either asking them to move or bumping them from the flight?
JCK

Chicago, IL

#5 Apr 15, 2009
Sounds fair to me.
really2

Chicago, IL

#7 Apr 15, 2009
Karen wrote:
Maybe if United had not scaled down their seat sizes, they wouldn't have to enforce this new policy..Their current seats are extremely uncomfortable even for those of us who have no weight problem..Just another way to make more money..Since the rule will apply for those who need more than one seat belt extension, and that won't occur until boarding, how in the world do you spare the customer the embarrassment of either asking them to move or bumping them from the flight?
Embarrassment?? Someone who needs two seats on a flight should already be embarrassed enough.
Lynne

Alsip, IL

#8 Apr 15, 2009
My sister and brother-in-law don't fly because they can't fit in them. It's sad.

But having sat wedged between 2 overweight people on a recent flight, I think this is a good policy.
Frequent Flyer

Chicago, IL

#9 Apr 15, 2009
It's about time! It's a serious invasion of personal space to have the misfortune to sit next to one of these people. Their body rubs up against yours for an entire flight regardless of every evasive action you take--it's revolting. I applaud United and any other carrier that enforces this new policy.

Since: Apr 09

Northbrook

#12 Apr 15, 2009
I see no details on how they will identify these people. Are they going to carry a tape measurer or apply some
kind of size limit like thet they do with an oversized carry-on bag?
I can see it now.."Please step into here sir" doing this in front of
many people. Sounds like there is room for a lawsuit here.
You can bank on that.
Melissa

Midland, MI

#13 Apr 15, 2009
They really need to define "obese" though. Otherwise I can see a lawsuit coming a mile away.
cate

United States

#14 Apr 15, 2009
What are you supposed to do on an escalator? If you want to walk, take the stairs.
really2 wrote:
good! people in America need to learn that they are fat and unhealthy. Just like everyday coming up from the subway or going up to the elevators in my office people just STAND on the escalator. It is not an amusement park people. If you can't walk up half as many stairs without getting winded or tired you might want to re-think your lifestyle.
Chet

River Grove, IL

#15 Apr 15, 2009
ted wrote:
yes..yes..extra charge for fat people
And yet something tells me that United has absolutely no plans to cut prices for its lighter than average passengers.
Olive Oil

Vernon Hills, IL

#17 Apr 15, 2009
If I'm really skinny, do I only have to pay half the fare?
DISGRACE

Manteno, IL

#18 Apr 15, 2009
I started flying first class just to avoid having an overweight person spill over into my seat. But I know this isn't something that everyone can do, me included since I have to use my miles earned on a credit card for the luxury. So more power to United! I think it's an EXCELLENT idea and all airlines should follow suit PRONTO!!
TransFats

Chicago, IL

#19 Apr 15, 2009
I think the airlines should charge by the pound. Put me and my baggage on a scale and charge me per pound, just like ordering at the deli. That way cost comparisons between airlines would be a cinch. "Fly South West to Phoenix for $4.99/pound..."
Finally

Cary, IL

#20 Apr 15, 2009
People need to be accountable for their own health, and they, not others, should share the burden if they can't be bothered.
Greg

Cicero, IL

#22 Apr 15, 2009
They could just charge all passengers and luggage by the pound. You get on a scale with your suitcase and pay something like $.79 per pound. Maybe the airline in the next terminal is running a sale at $.69 per pound. Of course with your Preferred Card you might get two for the price of one.
Joy321

United States

#23 Apr 15, 2009
Good. A passenger rents space to go from Point A to Point B on a plane. Being large doesn't immediately grant you the right to more space. If a tall passenger wants more leg room, they can opt to buy into Economy Plus.

Why should a small or average sized passenger have their rented space infringed upon? If you want more space, buy it.
Ima Conservative

San Jose, CA

#24 Apr 15, 2009
Just as infuriating, the overhead bins should be sectioned off by seat number and anyone who's intrudes on another's bin space should have their offending bag checked. I'm tired of boarding a plane, finding my seat only to find the overhead bin filled.
Dave

United States

#25 Apr 15, 2009
Nice to know smokers aren't the only people who have all kinds of rules.

“be who you are”

Since: Dec 07

chicago, il

#26 Apr 15, 2009
Sugmag wrote:
I see no details on how they will identify these people. Are they going to carry a tape measurer or apply some
kind of size limit like thet they do with an oversized carry-on bag?
I can see it now.."Please step into here sir" doing this in front of
many people. Sounds like there is room for a lawsuit here.
You can bank on that.
the details were in the article, if a person cannot fit in a seat without having to raise the arm bar or have the seat belt fit around them with one extendor then they qualify as obese.

i think this is fair. i recently returned from Mexico and my bag was over by 5 lbs, the airline charged me 155.00 for the overage.

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