FlighGlobal blogger was sent this picture by a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight.
This is sent to me with the absolute assurance that it’s a genuine picture taken by a flight attendant at American Airlines. The F/A took it to show her manager what was happening on the aircraft (757???) and why she was unhappy about it. Seems the guy paid for only one seat and the gate staff let him board.
You can see the F/A’s point of view – how the heck is s(he) supposed to deal with it. Sympathise with the guy or not, he’s a major safety hazard in an evacuation, a gross inconvenience for the cabin crew, and I would suggest a totally unacceptable travelling companion for the guy next to him.
I don’t know what the actual outcome was but it seems unimaginable that he was allowed to fly in the end. Not that anything on a commercial airline is actually unimaginable, but close anyway.
Maybe an airline that sells tickets by the pound is not a bad idea! I know that a lot of airlines make passengers buy 2 seats in case they are too fat. I think they should have done the same for this guy. Obviously I can imagine three people on the flight that were very angry -
- The two flight attendants in the cabin class
- The passenger seated next to our John “Fat” Doe