I see both sides: the small person who fits comfortably in his/her seat but is squished by the over-sized person next to him/her (or worse yet, having to sit in the center seat between two large people) and being the large person who cringes knowing he/she is overflowing into someone else's space.
The real problem aren't the people. It's the seats. I've seen plenty of normal weight people who do not fit in airline's seats - the seats are too narrow, too tightly packed in a row and there isn't any leg room for a person taller than 5'7". Aircraft seats should be made to fit a larger than average-sized person. Why larger - because "average" size is only an average - it's not the majority. If seats were made to fit the majority, they would probably be wider and deeper.
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I think I'll like the changes - I hated the camping lines, but always felt the need to line up because if you didn't, you ended up at the back of the line no matter how early you showed up at the gate.
As to families preboarding - I'm glad it'll be over (and I have 4 kids & 2 grandchildren). I'm tired of seeing it abused. I don't mind if it's a mother traveling alone with an infant or toddler, but It's ridiculous to see half a dozen adults traveling with one 3-year old stroll in late and walk up to the preboard line for priority seating.
But, what is more amazing are all the complaints... I don't understand why those who've enjoyed preboarding aren't willing to check in early for an A boarding pass... like everyone else has had to do for years.
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