PROTEST: United Airlines Charges FAT-FEES

  • by: FatSOChic
  • target: Fat Friends and Allies
Let's speak out against United Airlines' hostile policy stigmatizing and harassing the millions of Americans who do not fit into seats (pregnant ladies, this could be you too). Do not let them shame you into silence!

The airline says passengers who are too large to fit into a single seat, buckle the seatbelt, or unable to put down the armrests, will be forced to buy a second ticket or upgrade to a premium class, where the seats are larger. If a flight is full and an obese passenger is unable to buy another seat, they will be bumped from the flight.

We will not pay more, buy another ticket or get kicked off a plane because you made the individual seating space smaller to increase the number of seats.

United employees at O'Hare Airport have been told to "be extra vigilant beginning Wednesday for passengers they deem to be overweight." This arbitrary assessment will undoubtedly be over- and under-inclusive while embarrassing and putting the spotlight on someone during an already stressful situation. Flying and dealing with security hurdles, time-crunches and the anxiety of traveling safely will now be compounded by the wonderment of whether the flight crew will "deem them overweight." This is going to open up a nasty can of worms... 

A United spokesperson said this policy was prompted by 700 complaints from customers last year alleging discomfort by sharing the seat bank with a fat person. Considering United operates about 3000 flights daily, serving hundreds-of-thousands-of-customers per year, this "outcry" seems negligible. And, as a result, United will be humiliating and oppressing thousands of loyal customers to appease these 700 few.
Let's speak out against United Airlines' hostile policy stigmatizing and harassing the millions of Americans who do not fit into seats (pregnant ladies, this could be you too). Do not let them shame you into silence!

The airline says passengers who are too large to fit into a single seat, buckle the seatbelt, or unable to put down the armrests, will be forced to buy a second ticket or upgrade to a premium class, where the seats are larger. If a flight is full and an obese passenger is unable to buy another seat, they will be bumped from the flight.

We will not pay more, buy another ticket or get kicked off a plane because you made the individual seating space smaller to increase the number of seats.

United employees at O'Hare Airport have been told to "be extra vigilant beginning Wednesday for passengers they deem to be overweight." This arbitrary assessment will undoubtedly be over- and under-inclusive while embarrassing and putting the spotlight on someone during an already stressful situation. Flying and dealing with security hurdles, time-crunches and the anxiety of traveling safely will now be compounded by the wonderment of whether the flight crew will "deem them overweight." This is going to open up a nasty can of worms... 

A United spokesperson said this policy was prompted by 700 complaints from customers last year alleging discomfort by sharing the seat bank with a fat person. Considering United operates about 3000 flights daily, serving hundreds-of-thousands-of-customers per year, this "outcry" seems negligible. And, as a result, United will be humiliating and oppressing thousands of loyal customers to appease these 700 few.

Let the outrage be heard! Boycott United until they develop a better approach to flying comfortably for ALL passengers.
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