A holidaymaker has explained that he was kicked off a flight after complaining about who he was sitting next to. The 18-year-old claims that the flight attendant had him removed because he was unhappy being next to an obese person.
Posting on Reddit, the young man noted that he was travelling to his home country – thought to be the United States. But, he was ruffled when he realised that an "obese man was taking up a good chunk" of his spot for the 12-hour flight.
When he raised the problem with the flight attendant she said that the man had paid for his seat – and that the flight was full so he couldn’t be moved. The poster claims he pushed the issue when he was then kicked off the flight.
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He explained: "I had the delightful sight of an obese man that was taking up a good chunk of my seat. I am not a small guy myself. I have quite broad shoulders and am around 190 cm, so a full seat would already have been uncomfortable.
"I told the flight attendant about this issue and she told me that the seat was paid for by this obese person and the flight was full. I asked the flight attendant how it’s possible that my seat still rendered as available if it was being used for someone’s literal rolls, as this wasn’t an American airline.
"I then added on how this airline wasn’t absolutely terrible just a few years ago. These comments prompted the flight attendant to call me rude and just made her double down on me getting kicked off the plane, though she reassured me I’d be compensated for this trouble as I told her I wasn’t travelling for vacation."
He then said that the other passenger called him a "fat phobic sh*t" and others gave him the "stink eye". The man added: "I know they think I’m a bad person for this, but on the other hand I’m having to pay for the lack of discipline of another person as well as this sh**ty airline’s booking system. Hell I’d rather they called me the day before."
The young man claims the airline also sent a letter of complaint, levied a temporary ban and said he was being "rude to other passengers and the staff." After an appeal, he was allowed to fly home the next day.
He asked social media users if he was an "a**hole" for his behaviour. Generally, people said that he was.
One person said: "You did not need to insult the man right next to you and the airline just to get your point across." Another wrote: "You didn't even have the decency to complain to the flight attendant privately, and wrongfully took out your frustration out on them."
A third added: "No one deserves to be spoken about like this. Not saying he shouldn't have said anything if he really couldn't sit comfortably for 12 hours, but he could've gone about this in a completely different way."
While another said: "I'm a fat person who does try to be a small as possible on a plane and I'm very phobic of flying due to this, it isn't always discipline that makes people fat, there are other issues at hand, this reeks of I'm big but chiseled and why are you so fat when you could just eat less and exercise more."
A woman said: "Flight attendant can't really do much unless there is an empty seat they could have sat him in. They don't make airline policy."
But, not everyone thought he was wrong. One person said: "OP’s right. He shouldn’t have to share a seat with someone (especially a stranger), and if they can’t fit in one seat, they should purchase two. But he shouldn’t have been rude about it."
While another added: "It's the airline's responsibility to make sure you have the seat you paid for. Shouldn't be a problem if they do that in the first place. If someone occupied more than one seat, they should buy two seats."
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