In a flight it turns out the biggest when he need to sit next to a plus-sized passenger.
Brits find the experience so unpleasant that four in five want overweight travellers to sit in special fat zones on aircraft.
80 per cent of Brits think that plus-sized passengers should have to sit in ‘fat zones’ on planes
The plus-sized passengers would have to pay extra to sit in the area, which would offer wider seats, aisles and leg room.
The strong views on larger travellers comes from new research by the low-cost airline Jetcost – with one in ten passengers saying that they had endured an uncomfortable flight because the passenger sat next to them was overweight.
Jetcost appeared to agree with the views, claiming that the plus-sized zones wouldn’t be about segregating passengers, but instead would allow the larger travellers to enjoy their flight more.
Sun Online Travel spoke to two obesity experts with two very different opinions – while Steve Miller from Sky 1 TV show Fat Families argues slim passengers shouldn’t pay for heavier travellers’ extra weight, Dr Sally Norton says society should instead focus on how to help people lose weight…
The plus-sized passengers would have to pay extra to sit in the area, which would offer wider seats, aisles and leg room
‘Getting people to pay for two seats on a plane is appropriate if they are too fat’
Steve Miller is a motivational weight loss speaker, who believes that fat zones on planes would help to shame people into losing weight.
He told Sun Online: “We have to introduce the stick as well as the carrot – so getting people to pay for two seats on an aeroplane is appropriate if they are too fat because there is something they can do about it.
“If you’re morbidly obese then it’s only fair that you pay more money – if someone else has been responsible and looked after their health, why should they subsidise someone else who weighs more.
“And if someone has paid for a seat with their hard earned cash, they don’t want their space invaded by a larger passenger.
“I understand it would trigger emotion but it could trigger an emotion to lose weight, eat better and lose more before they book a seat.”
He continued: “Who sat where would depend on the height to weight ratio of the passenger – airlines should create a software package where this was calculated when booking tickets, with spot checks later at the airport.
“Yes, it may put people off travelling but that’s a small price to pay.”
‘We should be supporting people to lose weight instead of creating segregation’
Dr Sally Norton is an NHS Consultant and weight loss expert, who believes fat zones are the wrong approach for dealing with the obesity problem.
She told Sun Online: “I can understand why people might consider these plus size zones from a safety point of view, and it would also be less embarrassing than getting stuck in seats that are too small.
“But we should support people to lose weight instead of creating segregation and making people feel ostracised.
“Then you’re faced with a situation where you are herding people into different zones – ‘you go and sit at the back because you’re fat.’
“People struggle with their weight for many different reasons, and it can be very upsetting and difficult trying to travel.
“We should instead be supporting them to lose weight – the government and food industry need to make real changes to stop the tide of obesity.
“At the same time, we must also be careful not to normalise obesity by creating areas with larger seats, because obesity damages our health.”