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|Thu, 10-11-2012 - 9:35pm|
Hello, everyone! I'm new here, but this is just the board I've been looking for and I hope you are all able to help me.
I'm planning on going on a plane for the very first time in November. As excited as I am, I'm equally as apprehensive.
I'm approx. 5'3 and around 275 lbs (generally a size 26-28). I'm doing my best to educate myself on "fat-friendly" airlines, but considering I've never flown before, I really have no idea where to start.
I know a lot of airlines request you buy two tickets. The problem is, I really can't afford to do that. I'm sure you all understand that money is tight for everyone right now and that this isn't always a realistic solution. If I were to do it, it would cost me an additional nearly $400 which I just don't have.
So far I've seen some plus-sized people being happy with US Airways and Delta. Both seem okay to me, but again, I'm pretty nervous. My flight times aren't exactly negotiable because I am trying to travel around my work schedule, which is going to force me to fly on a Saturday and get an early flight home the following Tuesday so I can go to work the next day. This makes me a little nervous too because I know Saturday flights are busy and because I'm afraid I will be asked to wait for a later flight with less passengers on the return, which could interfere with work.
I do know a seat belt extender will probably be necessary, so I will look into obtaining one prior to my flight or contacting the airline to assure they are readily available. No problem here!
But which airlines do you recommend after knowing my circumstances? Again, I just can't afford two seats (but I will be sitting next to someone I know, so hopefully this won't be much of an issue for other passengers). Fat-friendly is the most important thing, but I'm also happy to hear about experiences with better sized seats and cost as well!
If you have any stories (positive or negative) about your experiences, I'd appreciate them!