The photo below (uncredited) has been making the rounds this weekend amongst the travel set. Apparently this photo was taken by a flight attendant’s cell phone from an American Airlines flight departing SFO. He or she used it to show the boarding agent that something needed to be done before the flight took off. According to the viral email, the agent boarded the plane and “paid off” the large passenger’s neighbor, who deplaned, allowing the large passenger to move over.
(Thanks to blogger budddy johnnyjet for passing this along to us!)
Ali Aarts says
Whether this is true or false it does show that something needs to be done. From the photo, how can the stewardess’ get by to do their job? If they were needed for an emergency they would have trouble getting by.
We ran that photo November 8 to accompany our podcast, http://www.dearskysteward.com/jetiquette-podcast-2-big-passengers-in-flight-wifi-and-more/
It is being much discussed, true. It seems to have taken on a lore of its own, though. At this point there is more fiction than fact floating around various sites.