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I recently wrote about a picture that was in a local newspaper, depicting a morbidly obese person on a flight, who seemed to be so large, that his body was blocking the aisle. The blog discussion revolved around-
Whether or not the photo was real
Whether or not the man should have been asked to buy 2 seats so he could fit in the row and not block the aisle
Whether or not the person sitting next to him (and probably being discomforted) had the right to demand that the overweight man be moved
Whether an airline has the right to ask the overweight passenger to leave the plane (or not get on the plane) if indeed, he has not purchased the 2 seats to accommodate his (her) size
Well, yet again, another "airline story" hits the papers and the internet. In this case, a movie director, who had actually purchased 2 seats on a flight, suddenly realized he was at the gate early enough to get on an earlier flight. He did not request 2 seats to accommodate his girth (there...
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