Can you believe this??!! NOW airlines want to weigh their passengers---in public, no less---before they're allowed to board. Seems investigators have determined that one crash that happened a while back was caused, at least in part, by too many heavy passengers who were placed in the rear of the plane.
Well, can anyone say DUH?! All they have to do is LOOK at people when they make seat assignments.......why on earth would they put all the bigger passengers in one section? And why, in all of aviation history, is this the very first crash attributed to fat?
This is only the latest in a series of moves by the airlines to embarrass, humiliate, and anger their customers.......and not just the heavyweight set. (Of course, they also want to make us pay for an extra seat instead of dealing with the fact that people in general are bigger than they were a generation or two ago.) They've made us wait in line for hours, take off our shoes (and worse), stand in front of our cabin-mates with arms outstretched to be "wanded", ransacked our purses and bags, taken away our nail scissors, pulled us out of line to be frisked or even strip-searched because we don't profile right, and even sought the right to look at our financial history to determine whether or not we're worthy of being allowed to spend our hard-earned money for the "privilege" of being herded like cattle onto a cramped flight, served a microscopic bag containing four peanuts for dinner, and ordered about by people who behave more like policemen than customer-service personnel. :angryfire
Well, this is one American citizen who used to love flying, but I will never again patronize the airline industry if they insist on this ridiculous policy. I understand perfectly well that we sometimes must give up a little privacy in order for everyone to be safe, but even if I was 110 pounds wringing wet, my weight is NOBODY'S business but that of my doctor and myself.....certainly NOT that of the 500 people standing in line waiting to get on an airplane!! :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
What in God's name will they think of next---public strip-searches? Mandatory urinalysis before boarding? A certificate of physical and mental fitness? Lice checks? Sheesh!
Feb 28, '04
5'4", 115 lb, all American looking, all American name, don't donate to charities whose names I can't pronounce, never traveled outside the USA (well, dipped my toe in Mexico as a child). Nothing here to say "terrorist
Unfortunately, the catch with this ridiculous situation is that if they DON'T treat everyone as a threat and focus on those who have mid-eastern features and names, airlines get in trouble for "profiling" and discrimination. I think this whole post 9/11 situation is no-win for anyone involved.
Last edit by LeesieBug on Feb 28, '04