11 Responses

  1. Kerwin
    Kerwin at |

    Confused. I’ve never seen an airline not give one of these free of charge to a passenger who needed it. Plus they are usually discreet about it too. I love the clueless travelers.

  2. Phil
    Phil at |

    I guess it saves the embarrassment of having to ask. Though the $40 may be better spent on a good nutrition book

  3. Mark
    Mark at |

    The issue is asking for one. As someone who often needs one, it’s embarrassing (and they often forget to bring one, so you have to ask multiple times).

    Couple that with having a neighbor who is probably already unhappy sitting next to a fattie, sometimes not needing to call more attention to oneself is worth $40.

  4. victor
    victor at |

    Do they sell extra large first class pajamas on Amazon too? 😉 Don’t want to hold up a flight or anything.

  5. Hank
    Hank at |

    I think this was a very snarky post. Why were you inspired to address this? It seemed to reek of an under-tone of making fun of large people just enough to deny it if someone called you out on it.

    Do you even really care if someone else desires to buy their own seat belt extension, for whatever the reason?

  6. Brian
    Brian at |

    @Hank – “Why were you inspired to address this?” Because it’s a travel blog? And I don’t see anything in WA’s post that could be considered snarky. Your response, on the other hand……

  7. Deirdre
    Deirdre at |

    If you need a seatbelt extender, all you have to do is gesture with your fists together (like you’re holding the ends of a seat belt pressing the parts together) and every FA I’ve ever known understood the gesture and was discreet about delivering the extender.

    I have looked into buying one in the past (out of curiosity), but there are about six configurations of belt in active use, plus I don’t know that the hardware is up to the quality that airlines use. Personally, I’d rather not become a ballistic missile in the cabin, so I let the airlines take care of my seat belt needs.

  8. Corey
    Corey at |

    I was actually on a flight out of Reno that had to taxi back to the gate because there weren’t enough seatbelt extenders on the plane for eveyone who needed one, and this wasn’t discovered until we had already left the gate.

  9. WarmNuts
    WarmNuts at |

    Hank,
    Put the doughnut down and step away from the computer.

  10. StonehamMel
    StonehamMel at |

    There’s so many seriously obese people flying today that the airlines really need to get together and work out solutions to this issue.

    Seatbelt extenders should be banned for those who purchase a single seat. If you can’t fit in a single seat without one, you are going to offend at least one other person on the flight. I’m tired of us who resist gorging ourselves through life being discomforted by obese people on all forms of public transportation. They have gauges at boarding gates to keep people from lugging trunks as carry-ons – we need similar metric devices for people.

    Obesity is a life choice. There is no free food. People who buy SUVs can’t fit in parking spaces for compacts. People who own large boats have to purchase larger slips. SUV-sized people should have to pay for their…largess.

  11. Kathy K
    Kathy K at |

    I know a beautiful piano bar singer who’s rather large. I once sat next to her on a flight home from europe. she carried her own seat belt extender – when I asked why she had her own extender, she said she found it humiliating to ask for one. She was honest and genuine.