Too Fat to Fly ~ Rachel

First off, I hope y’all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Dave bought me beautiful pink roses (that smell AMAZING) and a video game and we had dinner at our favorite restaurant, 42nd St Oyster Bar. We both decided to eat whatever we wanted since it was our favorite restaurant. My meal was well over my points balance for the day (including my extra weekly points) but I am ok with that. I made a conscious decision to be ok with going crazy. It’s not something to make a habit of. Dave and I agreed that next time we would share an appetizer, share one entree and share a dessert. Here’s what I had last night:

Hush puppies: Totally worth the points as they are the best I’ve ever had.

3 Oysters with breadcrumbs, bacon and spicy butter: Totally worth the points…they were darn tasty!

Cole slaw: Probably not worth the points but I really like their cole slaw.

Fried scallops: Totally worth the points. Their scallops are the best I’ve had and though they are fried, the breading is extremely light and they aren’t greasy at all.

Cheese potato: Totally NOT worth the points. It was basically a twice baked potato with more cheese than was necessary. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. Just not that good.

Key Lime Pie: I love key lime pie. It might be my favorite dessert short of anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter. This key lime pie was awesome…totally worth the points!

Hungry yet?

Onto another topic…being too fat to fly. Kevin Smith, director of Clerks, Mallrats, Zak & Miri Make a Porno and other films (he’s also Silent Bob) was kicked off of a Southwest flight this weekend because of safety concerns. He insists he was seated with both arm rests down. Southwest released a press release that stated he normally buys two seats but went standby on that flight and only got one seat…which he was kicked out of. Kevin Smith is not a gigantic man, but he is definitely overweight…he might even be in the obese category. There is no doubt in my mind that he fit into the seat with the arm rests down because I can too.  But…

(1) Is his obesity a safety concern? I’m not an engineer or physicist but I highly doubt it is.

(2) Is his obesity a problem for the passengers he shares a row with? Yeah, probably. Even with the arm rests down, I’m sure he infringed on their personal space. I know I do when I fly. I hate flying for this fact because I always feel bad for the person next to me, knowing that I am squeezing out into their seat.

(3) Should obese people pay for two seats? If there was a standard rule for who should buy two seats, sure. But there isn’t a standard rule. And there isn’t a good way to measure who needs two seats. A man who is over 6ft tall probably needs two seats because his legs don’t fit in the area right in front of him. How many men (and tall women) have this problem, even if they are skinny?

Seats on planes are too small, even for some people with normal BMIs. People with long legs, wide hips/butts and/or shoulders just don’t fit. Add in obesity and the problem is even worse. Should the airlines make the seats bigger? Yes. Should the airlines put more leg room between rows? Yes. Will they do either of those things? No. Why? Money. Plain and simple.

I am 5’8″ with long legs that barely fit in front of me (this has nothing to do with my weight). I weigh around 250lbs but can fit between the arm rests and I don’t need a seatbelt extender. I still “spill” over to the seats next to me. Would I be kicked off a flight for not buying two seats? It’s never happened but I suppose it could. Do I have the resources to buy two seats? Hell, no. Maybe I should start riding the train. Apparently, you don’t have this problem on a train.

What’s everyone thoughts on being “too fat to fly”? Be honest. You will not hurt my feelings. I know all you cringe when you see a fat person coming down the plane’s aisle because you are worried they are going to sit next to you! I do the same even though I’m one of those fat people coming down the aisle!

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  • Ana Gates  On February 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    i laughed when i heard about that story on the radio. someone must have had beef with kevin smith. maybe it is because zak & miri was an awful movie and they wanted revenge.

  • Rachel Palmieri  On February 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Dave and I actually liked zak & miri! And it was filmed in da ‘burgh too!

  • Elaine  On February 16, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Wow. I hadn’t heard about Kevin Smith. I’m not sure what to think, but my gut says it was probably an overreaction. I know that when I fly with my 2 year old daughter (which I do fairly often), people give me the death stare in hopes of getting us to avoid sitting next to them. Little do they know that Harper is a great flyer. But, it does make me feel a little uncomfortable that people are so quick to judge and to almost dislike us without knowing anything about us. My rule of thumb when flying is to just be nice.

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