Grandmother stands for entire flight as fellow passenger 'too fat for seat'

Ruth Doherty





Grandmother stands for entire flight as passenger next to her too fat for seat
Grandmother stands for entire flight as passenger next to her too fat for seat



A plane passenger claims she spent a three-hour flight standing in the aisle as the man sitting next to her was too fat for his seat.

Caralyn Young, from Tawa, New Zealand, was seated next to the overweight man on the fully booked flight from Brisbane to Wellington last Monday.

She said he took up more room than his one seat allowed and was forced to spend the entire flight standing.

Speaking to stuff.co.nz, she said: "One of his legs would have been twice the size of mine, and he was taking up one-and-a-half seats, but he was a nice guy and he apologised to us."

But despite that, she felt the need to complain to Air New Zealand, who was code-sharing the flight with Virgin Australia.

Young said the man was obviously humiliated as he couldn't fit in his window seat and had to move the aisle.

A spokesperson for Virgin Australia told the Daily Mail "Virgin Australia is committed to doing our best to accommodate all guests comfortably.

"In a situation where a guest appears unable to travel comfortably in one seat, we do our best to seat them next to an empty seat. If the flight is full, we offer to move the relevant guest to another flight at no cost to them.

"In this case the affected guest on board was not comfortable with the assigned seating arrangements. Every effort was made during the flight to reaccommodate their needs and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Back in April 2012, being a bit pongy was found to be the one thing travellers dislike the most about fellow air passengers, according to a survey. But big fellow passengers came a close second.

The poll carried out by flight comparison site Skyscanner showed that people really do take umbrage over bad personal hygiene, followed closely by overweight people taking up too much room - and invading theirs.

The loud, inebriated passenger came in at third position, while other things making the top ten worst seat mate traits include nervous flyers, loved-up couples and very chatty people who permanently pester you for a conversation.





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