A PASSENGER has left people furious after he launched a rant about being sandwiched between two overweight people on a short flight.
Sydney Watson, an American-Australian journalist, complained about the passengers on Twitter, saying: “If you need a seat belt extender, you’re too fat to be on a plane.”
Her comments came after she sat among overweight people on a three-hour American Airlines flight, claiming she was touched throughout.
In a Twitter tirade, she moaned about being “wedged between two overweight people” on the flight, which she said was “absolutely NOT acceptable or okay.”
At the time, American Airlines responded via their own Twitter account, saying they did not discriminate against body types.
They said: “Our passengers come in all different sizes and shapes. We’re sorry you felt uncomfortable on your flight.”
However, in a surprise update Watson revealed on Tuesday, it appeared the airline had changed its mind.
In an email sent to them on Monday, a representative said they “sincerely regret the enjoyment and comfort” of their flight, which was “diminished because another customer overstayed their seat.” .
The representative informed Watson that she would have been entitled to move the seats if an alternative option had been available on the flight.
She received a $150 (£132) travel credit as a “goodwill gesture”.
The email read: “I can understand your disappointment that the situation has not been resolved to your satisfaction.
“We appreciate you contacting us on this matter. Above all, we appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.”
Watson posted a similarly annoyed response to the email on Twitter.
She said, “I’d rather take the $150 that American Airlines offered me as a refund and give it to someone who needs a PT or gym membership.”
Her complaints have divided opinion online, with many saying they were inappropriate while others felt her stance was justified.
One person replied: “I’ve been touched by tall people, muscular people, pretty much anyone who isn’t 5’7” and clinging to themselves. Seats are what they are.
A second said: “Maybe you should give it to a charity instead and then think twice about it. You milk the humiliation of two people for your own benefit.”
A third argued, “I would turn down the $150 and let them know that’s not enough compensation for three hours of misery.”
This plus size woman showed what it’s really like for her to fly economy.
An airline lets overweight passengers book two seats for the price of one.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/20147328/woman-divides-opinion-obese-passenger-plane/ Woman gets £132 compensation for sitting ‘between two obese people’ on flight – but people are divided