Complaint about overweight passenger goes viral

2014-01-07 09:42
We all love to rant about horrible fellow passengers – the chatterboxes who won’t shut up, the overhead bin hoggers, the twitchers – you name it!  

However, it’s been a while since we came across a grievance quite as vehement as this one from Australian comedy blogger, Rich Wisken to low-cost airline JetStar about an overweight seat mate.  He posted the letter on his blog and stated that he had “mentally high-fived” himself for paying the additional $25 for an emergency seat as he boarded the flight.

His pleasant dreams about ample legroom and space were, however, soon dashed when he discovered that his neighbour was morbidly obese, taking up a fair share of Wisken’s space.  

He refers to his fellow passenger variously as an “infant hippopotamus,”a “fleshy boulder” and a “fat mess” with the scent of “blue cheese and Mumbai slum, with nuances of sweaty flesh and human faeces sprayed with cologne” while taking readers through his hopeless and traumatic attempts to be seated elsewhere.  

Wisken ends his complaint off with a plea for compensation from JetStar for “physical pain and mental suffering caused by being enveloped in human blubber for four hours.”

Last year, a Samoan low-cost airline made headlines when they introduced the first ever pay-by-weight fare. The system has proved to be massively popular with passengers both big and small.  

Do you think all airlines should introduce some kind of penalty for passengers who take up too much space? Or do you think Wisken’s complaint and these sorts of penalties are discriminatory? Talk to us on Twitter at @News2Travel, Facebook or in the comment section below!  
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