Oversized travelers frequently make the news, but the over-wide folks seem to get all the attention. Well, what about over- tall travelers?
Anyone over six feet tall can probably relate to the plight of Eric Schmidt, a frequent traveler who at six feet, six inches tall, is frequently scrunched into submission on long flights. He thinks airlines should offer unsold exit row seats to tall travelers, and not charge them a fee for the upgrade.
Schmidt is so fed up with bruised knees that he’s started a campaign to convince airlines to give special dispensation to tall travelers. His first move was to create a twitter account designed to attract other tall travelers, and hound airlines into action. He believes that when exit row seats are available, tall travelers should be able to sit in them without a charge. He thinks fees for exit row or bulkhead seats are a “tall tax.”
We asked Schmidt to state his case for TravelSkills and we’d love to hear your opinions.
Sit in a chair facing the wall. Position the chair so your knees are touching the wall, no matter your posture. Now, sit there for two and a half hours. This is what it’s like for anyone over six feet tall in a regular coach seat.
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