Again, the narrower hips aid me a bit in fitting in to plane seats, though the larger upper body means contorting a bit to avoid constantly being banged on the arm by toilet-bound passengers and drink carts.
Also, I am relatively able-bodied which means I’m not able to speak first-hand for those whose mobility may differ. It just sucks a little less and you get a little tiny hot towel that no one actually understands.
Leaving two seats available pretty much guarantees that travel partners will book them.
Every time you visit a travel site and view the same flights, the price inches up a bit.
Doing this saved me about last time I traveled.
Boarding: If you’re at the back of the plane, opt for the pre-boarding.
– 8/2/13 – Updated to add reviews of United models 767-300 (International), 737-900 (Domestic), A-319 (Domestic), 777-200 (International) – 8/26/12 – Please note, the FAA has banned Personal Seatbelt Extenders. – 4/29/12 – added experience with United (formerly Continental) Boeing 777-200ER Flat Bed Useful Statistics: I can clearly only speak for fatties of my similar shape/size or smaller – so as to aid you in knowing in advance if this blog post has any relevance to your life, here is my general body situation. I am not one for form-fitting clothing so, if you are, size that down a notch.
I am 5’8″ (172.5cm) and my weight fluctuates between about 340 and 360. Round shoulders, bigger at the top than the bottom, with narrower hips and legs. Note that UK sizing is slightly inconsistent with US sizing.
They don’t really argue at the gate and the boarding call is general: “For our passengers with children or those who require extra time boarding the plane.” Opting for early boarding will save you unintentionally hip-checking a hundred people as you pass down the aisle and will also give you time to ask the Stewards for a seatbelt extension without holding up the line.