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I will be traveling again in a few weeks with my cousin to the Wonderful World of Disney. I recently flew on Song & loved it. But I am on the .... fluffy side. The seat belt was fine for me,but I did have to have it at full extention. My Cousin is a bit fluffier than I & she has been very upset over her weight gain over the past few years. Has anyone ever experienced a seatbelt not fitting on the Plane? Do they have extentions that you can request. I don't want her to start off with a negative experience. She gets so down on herself about her weight. I could not find anything on the Airline websites, Any thoughts?
The seatbelts they use for the demonstrations are actually the extensions. I flew on American earlier this year and a gentleman needed one. The flight attendant was very non-chalant about the whole thing and got him set right up without a scene. Our flight in Nov on SWA, there was a woman that I was surprised they didn't require to buy 2 seats (and I am most definitely "pooh-sized" myself!) and she really struggled to get the belt fastened. I don't know how she managed, but those FAs weren't nearly as attentive.
I would think that you could quietly mention it to the FA and they should discreetly deliver you the extension. BTW, my mom needs one now and refuses to ask for it...her last trip she got stuck *IN* the belt once it was fastened (the pressure was too much to release the buckle) which would be much more embarassing to me than having the extension in the first place! Tell your cousin that it's OK, that's what the extras are onboard for!
Thanks Graygables....I am happy to hear that it can be taken care of. THis trip is to make her feel better about some Life changes like Kids off to College & such. Her Husband has embraced her taking this trip for herself. I don't want it to become a big deal if she does need it.
I have been to Disney many times & know there won't be any size issues there. But I swear they make those Plane seats smaller & smaller.
My husband is a big man. When we flew on Song last year, the flight attendant asked him when he sat down if he would be more comfortable with a seatbelt extention. Yes, they do have them, if they do not ask her, she should ask when she boards the plane. They are very friendly on Song.
I had a really unusual and funny experience about 20 years ago on a charter flight to Vegas. Before boarding, we were all asked what we weighed as we were checking in. First sign of trouble, right!!! We were on a fully packed flight, and the man and woman next to me couldn't buckle their seat belt. I just managed to get mine buckled. Next thing I know, more and more people are having trouble getting their seat belts buckled. Well, I don't remember what type of tin bucket we were flying, but I would guess at least 1/4 of the people on the plane couldn't buckle their seat belts. We ended up having our flight delayed almost an hour while the airline scrambled about trying to get enough seat belt extensions to accomodate everyone on the plane who needed them. It wasn't so embarrassing for all the folks because so many of them needed the extensions that it became comical. I was much younger then, but if I was asked how much I weighed before boarding nowadays, I'd be a little worried about boarding the plane!! You know everybody is lying about their correct weight - geeeesh.
Yep, just ask the FA when you are first boarding. They will either give you one right away or after you have sat down. They are asked this on a regular basis, so it's nothing to them. I hope you guys have a great vacation!