I can’t imagine how people who are overweight can stand to fly. I’m not a big person and the seats feel too small and too close together to me. My last flight, I was certain the damn plane had shrunk in the couple of hours we sat on the runway waiting to take off. I’d think that as uncomfortable as I am about sitting that close to other people, larger people must feel much worse, since they can’t really help but encroach.
I got to fly first class for several flights on Delta’s buck due to a royally FUBAR set of circumstances I won’t trouble you with. The difference was unbelievable. I had enough room, and getting on and off is fabulous. If I had money, I would always fly first class.
My real peeve is with everyone else’s favorite airline: Southwest. Who the #%$@ came up with the “first come, first seat assignment” crap? This ensures that if you are not at the terminal two hours before your flight leaves, you will not be sitting with your travelling companion.
I mean, this just panders to the very worst parts of human nature, which are already too much in abundance in airports. People sit window, aisle, window, aisle, all the way to the back of the plane before gasp sitting next to ANOTHER PERSON!
And then, if it isn’t already too aggravating to have to beg single travellers to move over one seat to allow you and your travelling companion to sit close enough to carry on a conversation, they make you play idiot games, like passing toilet paper above your head and the like.
I don’t care what I have to pay, give me an actual seat assignment, and don’t be cute, because I want to read my book.
Most maddening though, is that virtually every other person I’ve ranted about Southwest to invariably says something like, “Oh, I love Southwest! I’ve never had a bad experience…those cute uniforms…love playing the games, blah blah.”