Logically, one might think that the middle would be the worst case scenario. But when it happened to me I was on the aisle. Leaning into the aisle to accomodate the bulk of the other person (it really wasn't their fault - their size was larger than the seat) was all I could do at the time. But it caused me physical pain because you cannot sit leaning sideways for extended periods of time without damage, at least not when you're in your sixties. I suffered for awhile as a result. It's too bad large people don't follow SWA policy on oversized persons. If they reserve ahead, then that overbooked situation would have been less likely and there would have been enough room. (overbooked because of the need for two rather than one seats) Southwest doesn't even charge for the extra seat. They refund the fee for the space. If there is plenty of room on the plane, the large persons can request the reserved extra seat at no charge the day of the flight by approaching the staff at boarding. Good to know. Pass in on to the "large-and-in-charge" in your life.
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First, thank you for your service in the Navy. I don't know where you got your information, but my neice is a captain in the Air Force and my son is an Airman for the last several years in the Air Force and like you, they NEVER travel in their uniform unless it's really unavoidable, they are on duty and enroute using a commercial flight (uncommon). Even while on missions my son will be out of uniform while traveling internationally because our military gets targeted and he tells me that is our nation's policy. He says NOBODY travels in their uniforms. Sometimes a guy might be returning from active duty and doesn't have anything else to wear, but usually that will be with a large group of soldiers. But unfortunately a lot of "stolen valor" fakers get a lot of attention with fake uniforms (I know, I was shocked too) and they get special priveleges and a lot of undeserved THANKS by posing in uniforms. Military ID should be the ONLY way Southwest shows respect and if they are showing deference to a UNIFORM, they might be rewarding very BAD behaviour. Good Grief. Thanks again. I hope Southwest will show you the respect you deserve instead of the "stolen valor" fakers.
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