No matter your weight or your width, the next time you fly make sure you know your airline’s policy on “seatmates of size.” Better yet, if you can find your airline’s customer of size policy, print it out and carry it with you.
It may help you avoid a pain in the butt and it may save you some bucks.
Last week, United Airlines laid out its new policy for “Passengers requiring extra space.” It says that passengers who can’t fit into a single seat in their ticketed cabin; need more than one extender in order to buckle their seatbelt and; are unable to put the seat’s armrest down when they are seated may have to purchase a second seat if there are no extra empty seats on their scheduled flight.
What’s the policy on other airlines? Find out in my Well-Mannered Traveler column posted today on MSNBC.com: What a deal: one person, two fares.
You may surprised. Some airlines don’t post their policies and just say they’ll “work something out” if a passenger can’t fit in one seat. Other airlines are very specific about their rules and make it easy to find them – but you may not like what you read.
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One thought on “Clip ‘n save guide to airline policies on seatmates of size”
Finally! I’m 5’2″ and weigh 105 lbs. Invariably, I get stuck sitting next to someone who is VERY obese, and somehow believes that since I don’t require all of my seat, they should have it. This policy isn’t discriminatory, this is completely fair for all passengers. I pay for a full seat, I should be able to have the use of my full seat. If someone requires more room, they should have to pay for it, and not be crowding out the people around them. I hope that all airlines will follow suit.
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