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Woman Is Stuck Between Two Plus-Sized Passengers on a Long-Haul Flight. When She Request Another Seat, a Passenger Becomes Furious and Shames Her Behavior.

Caught in an uncomfortable situation on a flight from Las Vegas to New York, a 19-year-old woman, referred to as the Original Poster (OP), unexpectedly stirs a public debate about ‘fatphobia’ and the treatment of plus-sized individuals in confined public spaces. Her seemingly simple decision to change seats ignites a storm of conflicting opinions and unforeseen consequences, leaving her to navigate a complex and divisive landscape.

Flight into Discomfort

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OP takes a flight from Las Vegas to New York and finds herself sandwiched between two plus-sized passengers. With the cramped plane seats unable to accommodate her seatmates’ sizes, OP is left with both neighbors’ shoulders and thighs uncomfortably pressing against her. After about an hour and a half into the flight, OP makes a decision.

The Request

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Feeling the pinch of the situation, OP walks up to the flight attendant to discuss her predicament. Handling the situation gently and privately, she asks if any other seats are available. The flight attendant finds her a seat a few rows behind her original one.

The Shift

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Retrieving her bag from under her former seat proves awkward, but OP finally settles into her new seat. The rest of the flight is markedly more comfortable. It seems the problem has been solved until she disembarks the plane.

Confrontation at the Terminal

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Once off the flight, OP encounters the woman who was previously sitting next to her. The woman proceeds to accuse OP of embarrassing her and her fellow plus-sized passenger. It turns out the episode on the plane had unintended consequences.

Accusations of Fatphobia

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The woman argues that OP treated her and the other plus-sized man as if their “fatness was a contagious disease.” OP’s action is seen as a public demonstration of plus-sized passengers as an “inconvenience.” She suggests that OP’s action could incite “fatphobia” on flights.

OP’s Dilemma

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Feeling guilty, OP reflects on her actions on the plane. She admits understanding how her actions may have come across as offensive, especially since everyone on the flight witnessed her move. A question begins to gnaw at her – did she do the right thing?

Cyber Bullying Begins

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OP turns to social media to seek advice on her actions, but the narrative spirals out of control. People start to target plus-sized individuals in the comments section, generalizing and stigmatizing them. This adds another layer to OP’s guilt.

Call for Compassion

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In response to the online bullying, OP edits her post to call for an end to the harsh comments towards all plus-sized individuals. She advocates for understanding, saying, “Generalization isn’t nice.” But the conversation doesn’t take the turn she was hoping for.

The Futility of Appeals

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Despite her appeal, OP recognizes that her words may not deter individuals intent on spreading their own message. She emphasizes that the purpose of her post was to gain insight into how she could have better handled the situation. However, her call for decency seems to fall on deaf ears.

Unforeseen Consequences

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Suddenly, OP becomes a reluctant symbol for a contentious issue: the rights and treatment of plus-sized individuals in public spaces. The conversation takes a turn, becoming less about her personal dilemma and more about societal norms and attitudes. She grapples with the unexpected fallout from her flight experience.

Social Media Storm

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The story goes viral, attracting attention from various internet communities. Debates break out about the rights of plus-sized individuals, ‘fatphobia,’ and public behavior. OP finds herself in the center of a whirlwind controversy.

The Apology

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OP takes the opportunity to publicly apologize to the plus-sized passengers from her flight. She explains that she never intended to embarrass them and her request to change seats was purely out of physical discomfort. Despite her remorse, her apology sparks mixed reactions.

Backlash and Support

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The public is divided: some sympathize with OP, while others accuse her of insensitivity. Social media platforms light up with hashtags, debates, and memes. This incident has now spiraled far beyond the confines of a single flight.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “You did not make a “public demonstration” nor contribute to fatphobia in any way. You weren’t comfortable, and you discretely asked for another seat.

The problem is the airlines for making seats smaller for the past 20+ years. It’s terrible now compared to when I flew in the 90s.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “Her anger is misdirected. She can go ahead and be mad at the airlines for not accommodating people of her size, but it’s a perfectly normal human response not to want to be touching someone you don’t know and to take steps to make that not happen.”

A Third View On The Story

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A different person states, “I’m not plus-sized; I’m fat. So maybe I shouldn’t be speaking for plus-sized people, but speaking as a fat person, if you were sitting next to me, I would be very happy that a solution was found that made everyone more comfortable. I’m very aware of when my fatness is invading another person’s space, and I am more embarrassed by that. You talked to the attendant quietly. It’s not like you stood up and started shouting and calling them pigs or anything like that. What you did was find a solution that allowed everyone to sit comfortably and maintain dignity.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

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