Which days/times are the best for fat people to fly?
Some recommend booking travel at less busy times (of the year, week, day) to help increase the possibility of sitting next to an empty seat.
But airlines overbook flights even on their least busy days, and this is no way to travel (especially if you’re also booking two seats and/or navigating a specific timeline), and doing this can increase the price of your flight.
Fly when you need to.
You can also ask when you get to your flight’s gate. An agent may be able to move your seat to an unfilled row (assuming your plane has assigned seating).
Seat belt extenders? Where can I get one?/I’m embarrassed to use one!
An extender is a blissful alternative to wearing a seat belt that makes you feel like you’re suffocating, and most planes have at least three on hand.
There is often an initial embarrassment associated with requesting one, but if you ask a flight attendant as you board, they can grab it before you get to your seat, and no one will notice.
Still embarrassed? As Mary Demetra says, “People can see me…People know [I’m fat].” We can’t hide the way we look (if anyone has even noticed), so you might as well try to accept that (It’s not easy, I know.) and be comfortable while you do.
If you’ve ever been shamed for how you look, you know it’s difficult to stand up for yourself.
Much of my life has been spent wincing at the word “fat” because it was used to insult me for so long.
But now? I’m a proud fat girl who accepts and even celebrates her size.
I got to this point by reading posts by fat bloggers, digging into the size acceptance movement, and surrounding myself with people who appreciate me for more than (and sometimes, in part, because of) the way I look.
It’s hard, and it’s certainly a journey, but you can and deserve to love yourself.
Fat people fly, and for most of us it’s a pretty mundane (albeit usually uncomfortable) experience. But that’s what it’s like for everyone.
The bottom line is that, regardless of how society shames, fat people exist, and we deserve to travel.