When you take an air flight, you have to plan a lot. The problem with planning a trip while being larger framed is that it can be highly challenging. Plus-size travelers have a whole extra list of considerations, including the seat width and toilet size on longer international trips.
The plus-size content creator, Emily Ho, says, “There have been situations leaving a flight where I had bruises on my thighs from armrests.” Jae’lynn Chaney, a plus-size travel blogger, said, “traveling with a plus-size person can be challenging but worth it.”
In collaboration with Ho, Chaney, and Sami Schalk, associate professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have compiled a series of tips that will make everyone feel a little more comfortable and confident on their next flight.
Seating Chart For Your Plane
Not every airplane is the same. It can complicate your flight if you’re seated in a bulkhead seat or a smaller seat than usual. The FAA does not allow you to sit in an exit row if you need a seatbelt extender.
Schalk said, “I choose window seats to lean against the wall more. The measurements will help you decide between premium economy, business class, and a standard seat.”
Checking The Size Policy Of The Customer
It may be necessary to adjust the seat to your size and weight distribution for comfort. “Customer of Size” policies outline how airlines will treat plus-size travelers.
Chaney said, “I look to see if they have a Customer of Size policy or if they offer any special accommodations for plus-size passengers.”
Get A Seat Belt Extender When You Board
Seat belts aren’t made for bigger bodies. A plane’s seatbelt is typically smaller than a car’s.
Schalk says, “I always ask for a seat belt extender as soon as I get on board. It allows the flight attendant to provide one to you discretely.