My wife and I flew from Houston to Houston on Southwest a few weeks back. Southwest has open seating. If you have ever flown Southwest on busy routes, you will know that you’ll be assigned to group “D” if your check-in is late.
D stands for “Doomed.”
A middle seat will be provided. A wheelchair-bound, obese woman was included in the “pre-check”. She was not fat, she was as big as a refrigerator. It was full when the flight was announced, meaning that someone would be sitting next to her. My wife and I were in A-group. When we arrived, I noticed her in the first row of the window seat. She was in the window chair for most of it. The rest of her was draped into the B-seat. An unlucky passenger spent four hours using 40 percent of their seats.
Flying first class is not worth the pain. It is a real, tangible pain. The seats are very uncomfortable, they have become narrower and the cost of them has gone up drastically due to our dear leader. We had mask Nazis in the aisles not long ago, searching for any part of the nose that was visible from the tops of masks. Six months ago, a flight attendant watched me as if he had just discovered a bug. He demanded that my mask be pushed over my nose. The mask was covering my nose, but not high enough for Herr Blucher. He loudly demanded if there was a problem when I moved my mask higher (but not high enough for the stormtrooper).
There are also people who leap out of their seats as soon as the wheels stop. Two people pulled up to my seat last year on a flight. I stood up, pushed in front of them, and helped every row member exit. I told them to take their time.
My worst fear of flying is not crashing, it’s being trapped in a middle seat between two obese people. Sydney Watson was the victim of my nightmare. Watson was on an American Airlines flight from New York City to Texas when she got trapped in the middle seat between two large bodies. It was like being in a human sardine, Watson described. Sydney was not encased with tin but marinating in obesity.
Watson made the most of my nightmare. The experience was live-tweeted by Watson. American Airlines was tagged in Sydney, and it returned a less-than-optimal answer.
— Dr. Sydney Watson (@SydneyLWatson) October 11, 2022
Watson’s live-tweeting became viral. Her story was published in The Guardian and New York Post. The majority of journalists supported the obese seat invaders. The Post called her comments “offensive”. It is also offensive that you want to keep 100% of the seat you bought. She was not immune to hateful and anonymous threats. She chose the path that everyone should follow when making a valid point. She didn’t apologize. She stated that she meant every word. Never apologize. Your apology will only encourage the haters, who will demand more until they “cancel” you or fire you. They don’t want an apology. They want blood. They want your head stuck on a stick.
Sydney joked, “I’d love some reparations pls.” She’s probably on TSA watch now and isn’t getting any peanuts.