American Airlines reacts after woman shamed overweight passengers
An airline has hit back after a woman complained she had to sit between two overweight passengers on a three-hour flight.
Dr Sydney Watson, who claims to be an American-Australian political commentator, caught on Twitter last month in an unruly campaign claiming, “If you need a seatbelt extender, you’re TOO BIG TO BE ON A PLANE.”
Her offensive comments came after she sat between obese siblings on the short-haul American Airlines flight she said someone else had paid for.
Watson’s initial post included two photos of her attempting to show that she was “stuck” between the two people.
“I’m currently – literally – STUCK between two obese people on my flight,” she wrote. “That’s absolutely NOT acceptable or okay. If fat people want to be fat, fine. But that’s a whole other thing when I’m stuck between you, with your arm rolling over my body, for 3 hours.
Her tweet was quick to garner viral attention on both sides of the fence, with many saying her advocacy was totally unwarranted, while others felt she was vindicated in her tough stance.
In response to the comments, she later clarified that she asked one of the siblings if they wanted to sit together, but was told “no.”
“I don’t care if it’s mean. My whole body is currently affected against my will. I can’t even put the armrests on either side because there’s no fucking room. I’m sick of acting like obesity is so normal. Let me assure you that is not the case,” she wrote.
She went further, saying obese people should “buy two seats or not fly.”
Watson said she was “so upset” by the situation and claimed the flight attendant “gave me the expression of pity ‘it’s screwed up'”.
American Airlines then applauded Watson, telling him that the company does not discriminate against any body type.
He went further to explain how his system works after being asked why the seats were usually sized for “average” sized travellers.
“Our passengers come in all shapes and sizes. We’re sorry you were uncomfortable during your flight,” the airline’s Twitter account replied.
“We offer a variety of seat sizes and styles, so our customers can choose what suits them best,” the airline said.
It included a link to the various seats it offered, including premium alternatives to basic economy, including business and first class.
Seemingly unhappy with the airline’s response, Watson responded by saying, “we need to talk.”
Watson doubled down on Saturday and said he “discovered” the airline’s response went against its own policies.
“So we are clear – I stand by everything I said,” she wrote in a new tweet.
“And I came to find out that what had happened to me was against American Airlines’ own policies regarding overweight passengers.”
Watson went further by demanding “some repairs”.