longhauler wrote:There are some good points on both sides, but it is unfortunate people bring up race as an argument against "fat shaming". No one is saying the obese do not deserve respect, equality, care nor comfort.
However, it is not "fat shaming" when someone who purchses 17 1/2" x 31" of space expects full use of that space. Nor is it "fat shaming" when someone who does not fit into that space encounters resistance from those around him who do not wish to allow them into their space.
People ought to be a little more realistic about where they fit and what alternatives they have for their own comfort and safety. Most airlines have procedures in place for obese passengers, that in my opinion, seem quite fair. Obese passengers therefore should inquire. It normally does not end well when that "solution" is expected during boarding on a passenger/passenger level.
Actually, many have used the topic to insult over weight people. The rest of your post is spot on.