Anonymous asked: have you ever been on an airplane and if so did you have any trouble fitting into the seats? i have a holiday trip coming in a month and everything else ive pretty much worked out with myself (like wearing a bikini) but this is the last thing that is stressing me out like i have cried almost every night for the last week because im so worried about fitting into a seat. i hope this is an ok thing to ask and i hope you have a lovely day!!
Hey you!! First of all, yes! I have flown on numerous occasions (: I totally get the anxiety of it all though.
The last time I was flying..I had an open seat next to me up until the morning of the flight. I was checking the seats obsessively for weeks and was so happy I had an extra seat. Imagine my panic when it got to a few hours before and it was taken. So..long story short, I freaked out really bad and actually started crying/having a panic attack in the airport and it was horrible. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to go and then at the last minute my boyfriend talked me into it by telling me it’d be okay. I was so afraid the person next to me would hate me and. give those disapproving looks. Let me just say that I got seated next to one of the nicest women ever and she made me feel so much better. She got up to let me in, asked if I was all tucked in, and even stayed next to me when the flight attendant tried to discretely ask if she wanted to sit in an empty row. It was such a relief and I felt so silly for having been that upset before.
As far as fitting in the seats - yeah, I do. It’s a LOT more comfortable to have the arm rest up for me and I can’t pull down the tray table all the way, but that’s whatever. I also have my own seat belt extender because I know I need one, but it’s super easy to just ask the FA’s for one when you get on the plane. They’ve always been very polite and discrete with me. You can also talk to the people at the gate when you get there and see if there are any open seats to where you could have an open one next to you. Just be really polite and mention you’re asking for the comfort of yourself/the other passengers. They’ll usually try to be accomodating if they can. It’s not the end of the world if you do get seated next to someone else though. Always opt for either a window or aisle seat. I have been in the middle a couple times when I was a bit smaller and it’s not the most comfortable, but the people weren’t rude. This is all if you’re traveling alone. If you’re traveling with someone else, just have them sit in the middle and put the armrest up and squish together. (:
Just remember that you have just as much of a right to be there as anyone else. You have somewhere to go, you deserve to get there. Also, the fact that you’ll never see these people again in your life. Even if it is uncomfortable, it’ll be over in a few hours. I always take along some pain relievers and maybe even some sleeping pills as my back/tailbone starts to hurt after awhile and it helps to calm me down. Flying isn’t the most fun in the world, but it’s never as bad as we build it up to be.
Also - if you’re on FB, look up the group ‘flying while fat’!
As a larger person I find this to be excellent advise. If I may add my own note, I often fly Jet Blue and for a small up charge you can get more “leg” room but it’s great for belly room as well. I was able to pull my tray table down and use my laptop properly when I was in that row. If you are flying Jet Blue, look into the Even More Room option!