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31st Mar 2023

Man kicked off plane for complaining about sitting next to obese man

Steve Hopkins

‘Some people around me gave the stink eye

A traveller has sparked a fiery debate after revealing how he complained about being seated next to an obese man on a flight.

The incident saw the man reportedly getting kicked off the flight.

The anonymous flyer, believed to be an 18-year-old from the US, detailed what happened on Reddit in the ‘Am I the a*****’ subreddit earlier this week.

He said he was taking a 12-hour flight when he found an “obese man was taking up a good chunk” of his seat.

The teen complained the to the attendant, who said the seat had been paid for, and nobody could be moved as the flight was full, so nothing could be done.

When he questioned her her further and called the airline “terrible”, he was reportedly removed from the flight.

He didn’t get a lot of sympathy on Reddit either. One person replied that he was not an “******” for being “uncomfortable and wanting your seat changed, but for how you handled the whole situation”.

Another commenter agreed, saying the flyer did not need to “insult the man right next to you”.

A third suggested the situation could have been handled more privately.

In his post, the traveller explained that he was travelling to his home country and on his second connecting flight, a 12-hour stretch, “I had the delightful sight of an obese man that was taking up a good chuck of my seat”.

He went on to say that he was not a “small guy myself”, having broad shoulders and standing around 190cm tall, “so a full seat would already have been uncomfortable”.

The traveller then got offensive: “I asked the flight attendant how it’s possible that my seat still rendered as available if it was being used for someone’s literal rolls, as this wasn’t an American airline (non-American airlines don’t get overbooked).”

Before offering his opinion on the quality of service of the airline.

He was then asked to leave the flight, but assured he’d be compensated.

“The fat man took his opportunity to call me a fatphobic s***.”

The teen said other travellers gave him the “stink eye”.

“I know they think I’m a bad person for this, but on the other hand, I’m having to pay for the lack of discipline of another person as well as this sh* airline’s booking system.

Reddit users piled in on the traveller. One wrote that he sounded “so insufferable and unsympathetic”.

Another took umbrage at his comment on “disciple”, saying it is “a lot easier to discipline ourselves to be a decent human being than it is to lose weight. What’s your excuse ?”

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