Even if you don’t fear God, would you complain for sitting next to an obese person in an airplane?
Even if you don’t fear god, would you complain publicly for sitting next to an obese person in an airplane? And since obesity is a medical condition, would you support airlines in passing to you, in the form of a higher ticket price, the cost of providing an extra seat to every overweight passenger that they carry?
Strange question! No I wouldn't complain, but I would grumble. I don't accept obesity to be a medical condition. I think all airline passengers should be weighed at check-in and charged accordingly. After all, heavier people cost the airline more fuel. This could be the best inspiration ever to encourage people to lose weight.
Obesity is only a medical condition if they have a medical problem that caused them to gain weight. Yes, I fear God and I would complain about sitting next to an obese person. However, I would try to do it nicely and discretely. You can actually tell by looking at their body type if they gained the weight naturally or have a medical condition. Thyroid problem or obsessive eating? A glance can tell.
My sister, due to medical problems, was born and has been overweight for years. I'm glad she can feel comfortable and enjoy the little things in life.
Again, what does God have to do with this question?
According to the Bible, we are not supposed to judge others. Complaining about them can be considered judging them. So in complaining you are "provoking the wrath of God", as my mother would quote.
The willingness some people have to make so-and-so pay because they are different from me is astonishing in this country. For fricks sake, we are talking about human beings. The only reality of society is that EVERYONE gives to the public good and EVERYONE takes from it. There is absolutely no way in the world to make sure that everyone is taking and giving in equal measures. What would be next. A Fat surcharge to ride the escalator because their increased girth causes greater wear and tear to the machinery?
There is all sorts of reasons, as a society, for us to promote health and attack obesity, but we can do that as a group without relying on poking Fatty in the ribs. How about a little bit of basic decency. I'd much rather sit next to a nice plus-size person than a thin jerk who thinks their poop don't stink.
The whole discussion internet wide brings out some really nasty qualities in people since they need to make it personal instead of looking it as a fact based discussion.
Each plane has a Maximum Gross Takeoff Weight! Humans are figured in at an average weight with carry-on luggage. If they airline wanted to be fair they would need to design an adjustable seat and charge passengers per pound or kilo. Don’t see that happening anytime in the near future! Since you want a really heavy person to pay more someone very thin, should have to pay less than the average.
The bull crap in this whole argument is that this has always been figured in and most often balances out by the size diversity of the passengers. So this is just another typical American Greed argument. What God has to do with it is beyond my comprehension unless one is a fearful flyer and prays trough the trip.
If we want to pick on people for size on a plane my personal gripe would be big guys with big wide open thighs and overdeveloped shoulders who not only take up half my seat but also most of my leg room. Bottom line is I do not complain about sitting next to anyone, my mother taught me manners.
I wouldn't complain about sitting next to an obese person on a plane as long as my space isn't being invaded. With that being said, morbidly obese folks probably do need to take up two seats to sit comfortably or to just fit their body in a particular space.
As a nutritionist, obesity is not usually prompted from medical conditions. It's usually the other way around. I struggled with hypothyroidism for 6 years which is one medical condition that can promote an overweight or obese problem. However, it doesn't have to as with right nutrition and exercise. I was never overweight. I love all people and am in the weight loss business, so I would feel privileged sitting next to an obese person.
However, my opinion is that if one has to take up two seats for whatever reason (due to obesity or other reasons), then two seats should be paid for. That is not discrimination. It's just business.
Yes, I would discreetly speak up. If I pay for an airplane seat, I expect that I will be reasonably comfortable and unthreatened in the same way as any other passenger. It wouldn't matter if a person was obese as long as my space was not encroached upon. The same would hold true for an obnoxiously loud or rude person, a person with intensely unpleasant body odor, or a person with an obvious communicable illness. Carry-on luggage is measured, why not see if a person can fit in a standard seat. Where space is at a premium, we pay for extra baggage size/weight, so an extra wide seat should be additional too. It's not bias, it's common sense.
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