(Closed) Are u planning on buying an extra ticket,so the airline doesnt say to u……..

posted 7 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 4
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m not full-figured but I have a suggestion:  call the airline and ask them at what point they require someone buy an extra seat, to avoid any potential issues.  Also, if it’s not a very long flight, then maybe you can make two seats work for you. 

I’m sure you’ll work everything out and have a fabulous trip:)

Post # 5
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Gosh I am so sorry that this concern has you so worried, I tried looking at some of your old posts, but cant find a picture! Would you mind my asking what size you are or approximately your weight? I too am a “plus size girl” so I can toatlly relate in some of this worry?? And do you know your airlines requirements or when do they say something? Maybe you could call and ask! Or ask what they recommend!

I hope some other ladies can help put this worry to rest for you!

We were considering a cruise ourselves from Puerto Rico; sounds familiar! 😉 Have a blast!

Post # 6
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m a pretty big girl, (I wear a size 18/20) and honestly I have never had that issue when flying. Have you flown recently?

Edited to change my question: Have you flown in the past few years?

Post # 7
46451 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you can fit in the seat with the armrest down and don’t need a seatbelt extender, you don’t need to buy an extra seat.

http://www.seatguru.com gives the dimensions of the seats on various planes on many airlines.

Post # 8
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well maybe you will be lucky and have some empty seats on the plane. Sometimes i’ve  been lucky to get 3 empty seats next to me so I can lie down lol…

Post # 10
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Sounds like you are going on the same cruise we did for our honeymoon. It was phenomenal!! If you guys like to snorkel, I definitely recommend the Champagne Reed Snorkel Tour in Dominica. We also loved snorkeling on St John, which is about a half hour boat ride from St Thomas. PM if you have any questions!!

I agree with PP, call the airline and ask before you waste money on an extra ticket. Can you pick your seats?

Also, just FYI, we flew from MD to Puerto Rico and it was on ly about 4.5 hours, and I think you are closer than we are. Also, if you have time in Puerto Rico, and like to learn about local culture, I would highly recommend touring Fort San Cristobol. We did that the first time we were in Puerto Rico, and it was really nice, and we got some incredible pics of the coast line from the top of the Fort

Post # 11
3142 posts
Sugar bee


Did I miss something.  Are airlines allowed to require people who are larger to buy a second seat?  I thought it was just talk, but had never gone into effect.



Post # 12
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I say thoroughly research the airline’s policies before you purchase your tickets for your trip.  I sincerely hope this wouldn’t happen to you but if they require you to purchase two seats and the plane is fully booked, you may not have the option to purchase a 2nd seat right there on the spot.  

Post # 13
6825 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly I wouldn’t worry about it, unless you are bigger than a 30-32.  I am a size 22-24 and fit just fine on our flight to and from Seattle for our honeymoon

Post # 15
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This was one of my biggest fears on our honeymoon! I got so nervous about it towards the end before we were about to go home, that it sort of ruined our last few days! I’m anxious by nature, but I knew flying down that JetBlue had slightly larger seats (I’m big in the hips/thighs/butt moreso than anywhere else) and I was okay there. We were flying home Delta and I knew they are known for tiny-er seats.

What ended up being the biggest problem for me was not the seats, but the seatbelts. I was in full fledged panic mode leaving for our honeymoon because I couldn’t get my seatbelt to buckle. So. Embarassing. I ended up switching to DH’s aisle seat, which somehow had a bigger seatbelt or more room to manuever or something.

On Delta on the way home I had to ask for a seatbelt extender. There was just no way! The experience has kind of scarred me and I don’t plan on flying again anytime soon (paired with the fact that we had such a turbulent flight home that I thought my life was over!)

I couldn’t find a picture in your old threads, but I am a size20-22-ish and like I said, the seats weren’t the problem. I have also flown before with my godmother who is close to over 350lbs-ish and she never had trouble with the seating.

I’ll gladly post a full length wedding pic of myself so you can try to compare size-wise… These are of course my most recent and the size I was on our honeymoon.


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