I understand the plight of those who are overweight and do not wish to be humiliated when taking a flight. But I also think that many overweight people don't seem to have any regard for how their need to pay for and occupy only one seat incoveniences others. On my most recent Southwest flight, I sat in the aisle seat next to an overweight man in the window seat. He spilled over to take up one half of the seat next to him. When another man boarding the plane asked if he could sit in the middle seat, the overweight gentleman actually pointed to the magazines in the middle seat and said "no, as you can see, I have my stuff here." I thought I was in an alternate reality as the oncoming passenger politely said "oh, no problem.." and moved on. His attitude was what floored me, an almost militant "Don't mess with me" persona had been donned for the occasion. I think Southwest is handling this situation as gracefully as possible considering the volatility on both sides.
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