Delta Airlines: "If you aren't really fat then we don't care about your comfort."
On Thursday of this week I flew as I do most weeks and I chose to use my carrier of choice, Delta. I’ve flown a pretty good amount with Delta. I’ve amassed over 100,000 frequent flyer miles, including nearly 50,000 this year alone. I needed to get to Peoria, IL where I am currently writing this in a hotel that is meant to resemble a castle. It doesn’t feel like a castle to me. Since there are no direct flights to Peoria from L.A. I had to connect in Minneapolis. The flight from Los Angeles to Minneapolis covers roughly 1500 miles and takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes. It was one of the worst, if not the worst flight of my life. Why? Well, because it was impossible for me to sit in a normal, upright, comfortable position. Notice I am saying it was IMPOSSIBLE – meaning, that no matter how much I tried, the world was against me. That is not to say that I was restless or that I was wearing clothes that made it uncomfortable, or that I had too big of a wallet in my back pocket that led to discomfort. No, that’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying that I couldn’t put the armrest to my right down. I had to lean against the window like a dog with it’s face pressed up against the glass cause he’d never seen the outside world before and I had to have a complete strangers body forcibly pushed up against mine for the entire flight. Was there a riot on the plane, you ask? No, just a wildly obese woman sitting in the middle seat, next to me.
Before I go any further lets have full disclosure here: I am not a thin man. I’m not in good shape. By most accounts I’m fat, maybe even, according to the body mass index, obese. I’m not sure. I’m 6 feet tall and I weigh about 245lbs. I need to lose weight. But it should also be noted that I’m not a complete slob. I workout regularly and oftentimes, vigorously. I ran 2 miles twice this week and also worked out with weights. So I’m a big guy, but I’m not a behemoth. I don’t need a seatbelt extension and I can sit quite comfortably in a coach seat with BOTH armrests down on either side of me. Lets continue…