Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm not weighin in on this one...

What do you think about this report?

I don't think I can just copy the report and put it in here, because maybe that would be plagiarism? But, I will give you the gist of the story:

Now, in Canada, if a person is obese enough to require two seats on an airplane, it is considered a disability and therefore he or she will only be charged for one seat.

Okay, if you want to see the report (it's short, trust me) click on the link above.

My question: at what number does a person's weight officially become a disability? And who makes that decision? So, will this also open the door for people who are really tall? Can they have two seats too? I mean, the length of their legs might make them "functionally disabled by height," right?

What if you were really heavy and needed two seats? Do you feel you should pay for both? Or just one? What if you were bumped from a flight because of a person who needed two seats but had only paid for one?

I guess there are two sides to every story?

Talk amongst yourselves.

9 comments:

Toots said...

Well, my husband is very tall, 6' 7", and we always have issues when we fly, which is not very often with money being tight and all . . . but what we do is plan ahead. When I book the flights I request the "bulkhead" or emergency row seats . . . don't wanna be mean, but if your weight is an issue and you can not fit into one seat there are other options . . . first class has bigger seats, for one . . . and correct me if I'm wrong, but they could go on a diet right? I mean my husband's height is never gonna change, regardless of what he eats, drinks, how often he exercises, etc. BUT people's weight can change, right? I'm sure there are some weird medical cases out there where people can not loose weight, but I doubt that's the norm . . . . sorry for the rant . . .

Not Your Average Belle said...

I just think this is another way to allow people to get away from personal responsibility. The vast majority of people who are overweight or obese are that way because they do not take the necessary steps to NOT be that way. So by accomodating these people, I feel it's saying to them that's it's ok to treat their bodies like garbage dumps. I (reallllly) know that it's hard to lose weight, but I mean, come on people!

April said...

When I flew with my daughter (10 months old at the time) I requested 2 seats (offered to pay for it) and the lady looked at me like I was crazy (I didn't use a car seat on the plane). She said "someone else might need that seat". Uhh, OK. Then when we flew, half the plane was empty. I would have rather her said, "Meybe you will get lucky and there will be extra seats." Plane rules are just weird.

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Umm, I don't think I can get away with saying much here without someone stoning me. I do find this ridiculous, though.

KEEP BELIEVING

The Nice One said...

Would I begin a stone throwing frenzy if I threw out my real and true comments?

IMHO a disability is something that one can not help or prevent. OKay, zipping up now.

Bridgett said...

Wow. What if I just was phobic of touching other people? Would that count? I'd really like to spread out, frankly, and not be mashed into a plane.

Which is a big reason why I try my best not to fly.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Ladies, awesome comments. I have to admit that my main concern is... why is this a disability? That said, another question might be, "If you smoked in the past and you get lung cancer, should your health insurance carrier cover your illness?" It's kinda the same sitch - you know, you're technically not healthy, but it WAS avoidable. I dunno. Talk More amongst yourselves.

La Pixie said...

this is stupid. Im not saying that if you agree with it, youre stupid, just this rule. but hey... thats why I DONT live in Canada.

Pinky said...

Mmmm hmmm. Our society has thrown personal responsibility OUT the window, y'all. Everything is someone else's fault.
Texas Mama, lots of people don't think smoking related diseases should be covered by insurance, by the way. I'm one of them. (But lung cancer can occur in people who have never smoked, just as an aside.)
I think this obesity ruling is obscene. We could all get a doctor to write an order stating that we're disabled in some way or another, therefore giving us some sort of special "rights". But it all boils down to being grown ups and realizing that the world doesn't revolve around us. Personal rights is a slippery slope, and when we start to demand ours, we're usually stepping on someone else's.