Is There ANYTHING Airlines Won't Do to Humilate Us?

  1. 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!
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  2. 65 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm with you Marla . . . . I told my diaper-wanding/flip-flop removing story a couple of days ago while working out at Curves. I get mad every time I think of it. . . wishing Danny had had a dirty diaper so I could have taken it off and handed it over . . . .sometimes his diapers could be described as "bombs".
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yeah, that would've served 'em right!! Stink bombs!! LOL
  5. by   ernurse2244
    I had a bad experience with a flight on Delta last year...hopefully my last flight ever. I kept trying to check in, online..."no must check in in person"...curbside..."no, go inside"... Finally waited in line to be told I was to have a security search before I could board. Folks, I'm a 59 year old shrimp...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". But they were rude acting, searched my bags while blocking my view of what they were doing, the usual wanding and x-raying of shoes...were very concerned that the snap and zipper on my jeans set the wand off...I was very tempted to take the jeans off! I was traveling alone so this was more an inconvenience than anything else, but I would have been so embarassed if I had been traveling to a meeting with other nurses or friends. creeps!
  6. by   Havin' A Party!
    Can't imagine it'd cost the airlines anything to do the weighing, if truly deemed needed, in a private or semi-private manner. Only a little creativity would be required.

    I can think of several ideas off the top of my head without even purposely sitting down to ponder the many ways.
  7. by   Q.
    Odd. We've flown at least 5 times since 9/11 and we just returned Wednesday night from an international flight and had no humiliating problems whatsoever. Guess it depends on the airline/airport.
  8. by   LeesieBug
    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
  9. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from LeesieBug
    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.

    And why shouldn't they treat everybody the same? Terrorism comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Just ask the victims of OK City.
  10. by   SharonH, RN
    mjl, to comment on your original post: I thought they said it was also a result of heavy luggage and that they would be weighing that also. I would hate to think that they re weighing passengers in public, that would be quite unnecessary.
  11. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from SharonMH31
    mjl, to comment on your original post: I thought they said it was also a result of heavy luggage and that they would be weighing that also. I would hate to think that they re weighing passengers in public, that would be quite unnecessary.
    They do weigh luggage on a regular basis.

    And goodness, people, I would rather them weigh me in public than make me walk around without shoes through that silly line.
  12. by   fab4fan
    Quote from stevielynn
    I'm with you Marla . . . . I told my diaper-wanding/flip-flop removing story a couple of days ago while working out at Curves. I get mad every time I think of it. . . wishing Danny had had a dirty diaper so I could have taken it off and handed it over . . . .sometimes his diapers could be described as "bombs".
    Actually, a baby would be a perfect cover for smuggling contraband. This is one thing that bugs me...why do people with kids always think they should get special treatment?

    I feel I should get special treatment because I have a ton of metal in my leg and have to wear a brace; walking can be very difficult. But I am perfectly ready to unlace that brace in front of everyone (an involved process) to comply.

    Everyone thinks he/she has special circumstances for not being searched. Sorry, the excuses just don't fly with me (pun inteneded).
  13. by   Vsummer1
    I have a bad feeling about this, like you all are going to bash me, but I feel I have the right to say this.

    I paid for one seat for myself. I was sandwiched in between two larger people and it was uncomfortable to say the least. I put down the armrests because my seat was being comprimised by the two on either side. Even then their bulk glommed over the armrest into my seat. I don't care if you are overweight, that is your business. But when you crowd my personal space that I paid for just as you did, that becomes a problem. So if they want to weigh people so they won't be compressing the rest of us by spreading out the bulk or making people pay for another seat GREAT. If you USE more than the seat you paid for, well then pay for another one. I have the right to the use of my seat, just as you have the right to weigh as much as you want to.
  14. by   longtermcarern
    It really depends on what company you are flying with. My son is a flight attendent and his company always instructs him to treat overweight persons with respect and dignity. if they need a seat belt extender, he would take it to them in a way that no one but that passenger would know. As far as weight distribution in the plane, it is part of his job to balance the weight evenly as best he can with a visual guess at weights. he would do this by moving people to different seats from their assigned seats. When I fly, I have never been made to feel any different because I am overweight. As far as the security checks go, The better the TSA's are at their job, the happier I am to fly and have my son fly those not so friendly skies on a daily basis. My son has been physically attacked by rude obnoxoius passengers in the past, in fact he was just notified yesterday by the FBI he would be testifying in court. I have seen people who become rude with security for doing their job, myself I thank them and if they want to weigh me I will gladly step up to the scale. Jean

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