If like me, taking a flight fills you with dread, this is the post for you.
As a plus size traveller, it can be hard to know whether or not you’re going to have a comfortable flight in advance. Whilst most airlines will have small, hard-to-fit seats, there are a number of things you can do to make your journey as comfortable as you possibly can.
To help, I’ve got together with Abbie, a plus size flight attendant, to find out absolutely everything you need to know about flying while fat.
My first question is – do you ever have plus size passengers approach you before a flight expressing their concerns and asking for advice? Is this something airlines would encourage their passengers to do?
When going through training do you receive any training regarding plus-size passengers? If so, what does this entail?
What advice would you offer to a passenger who’s seatbelt doesn’t fit?
Would you advise passengers to bring their own seatbelt extender?
What should a passenger do if they don’t comfortably sit in their seat?
Is there any advice you can offer to passengers who struggle to get their tray table down, especially on long haul flights where it’s required for eating meals?
Often plus-size passengers struggle to walk up and down a plane aisle, but at times it can’t be avoided due to the placement of the toilets in comparison to the plane’s door. Is there a ‘best seat’ you’d recommend to avoid walking up and down the aisle as much as possible?
In your opinion, what seat would you recommend a plus size person book on a plane? Aisle, middle or window?
Plane toilets can be incredibly small. Do you have any words of advice or comfort for passengers that may be worried they don’t fit?
When it comes to upgrading to premium economy, business or first class – how do these seats differ in size on average across airlines? Would you recommend this as an option?
In light of recent news, have you ever experienced a passenger fat-shaming another passenger on one of your flights? What is the policy should this happen?
Is there any information you feel plus size passengers should know before flying? Perhaps something that isn’t often mentioned so people don’t know what’s available to them.
A number of airlines allow you to purchase an extra seat in their ‘people of size policy’ – is this something you would suggest passengers do if they’re worried?
Finally, what would you number one piece of advice be to a plus size person travelling by plane?
Be confident and be you!
I am 22 years old and have visited 22 countries! I’m a plus size flight attendant who travels the world and has so many more places to see! Since 2017 I have been working for British Airways as Cabin Crew.
I am based in London Heathrow and I live in Brighton.
In love with travel, marmite, Diet Coke, Disney and anything to do with animals or America! Oh, and anyone who can make me laugh is a winner!
I’m a previous photography student and hope to start sharing my imagery, stories and travels on my new blog! If you can’t find me I’m probably at 35,000ft pointing out your nearest exits!