But I am hoping that sharing my personal experiences and the resultant tips & hints will help give a realistic portrayal of flying that both acknowledges the whole sucking part while still presenting it as possible, tolerable and, I hope, worth it for the ways in which it opens up myriad possibilities for new life experiences.
My Story: I’m not exactly sure (year-wise) when I stopped flying.
– 9/14/14 – Added info on Aegean Airlines flight from London to Lesvos, Greece.Getting over that will probably be a lifetime endeavor for me and it certainly played a large role in keeping me grounded.The fear of people staring, saying cruel things, sighing or making a fuss when I sat next to them or, worse, being asked to leave a flight or purchase two seats — all of this felt insurmountable to me. But I steeled myself, determined to not let fear dictate the terms of my love-life.– 8/2/13 – Updated to add reviews of United models 767-300 (International), 737-900 (Domestic), A-319 (Domestic), 777-200 (International) – 8/26/12 – Please note, the FAA has banned Personal Seatbelt Extenders. – 4/29/12 – added experience with United (formerly Continental) Boeing 777-200ER Flat Bed Useful Statistics: I can clearly only speak for fatties of my similar shape/size or smaller – so as to aid you in knowing in advance if this blog post has any relevance to your life, here is my general body situation. I am not one for form-fitting clothing so, if you are, size that down a notch.I am 5’8″ (172.5cm) and my weight fluctuates between about 340 and 360. Round shoulders, bigger at the top than the bottom, with narrower hips and legs. Note that UK sizing is slightly inconsistent with US sizing.– 10/28/13 – Please take the Flying While Fat Survey!