What it’s like to be that fat person sitting next to you on the plane.
Your Fat Friend

Thank you for such a well written article. I am also fat, I can’t help it. People are so quick to judge without knowing me, and that is just so sad. Flying is stressful enough without the glares, the judgement, and the tiny seats that aren’t even comfortable for skinny people. People don’t factor in genetics when they look at us. I can’t help it. Don’t tell me to exercise, because I can’t. Getting through two or three airports is debilitating for me. My doctors understand this and kindly suggest I do what I can, when I can. I, too, try to scrunch into the bulkhead for a window seat, although sitting on an isle seat has its benefits, I, too, try not to bother anyone and become invisible while in airports and planes. I understand your pain and frustration. I have read most of the responses to your article and was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have shown empathy and compassion. I do think that this article should be in EVERY airline magazine on every plane around the world, or better yet, should be read as part of the Safety Lesson at the beginning of the flight.

Again, thank you for your willingness to share.