Originally Posted by das_nut
I'm so happy that most of this board will support me when my bad health decisions catch up with me.
But what are you going to do the other 23.?? hours a day when you have to live with them?
Originally Posted by thalestral
I simply have faith in the medical establishment being the ones who are better at understanding and diagnosing medical issues. Particularly compared to an airline company o_O
Perhaps this relates more to failings of the medical community in the US then.
I have absolutely no idea why you brought up the supposed failings of the medical community in the U.S. What, exactly, are you trying to imply, and what relation does it have with this issue? Did you read the first article, or the one anonycat posted?
I am asking if you, personally, would agree with the medical establishment/community (let's say from any other country than the U.S., so we can bypass your personal feelings about the U.S. medical system) okaying a passenger for an extra seat due to his present
medical condition of obesity, to the extent of not being able to fit into one seat
, even if those medical doctors do not take your personal exceptions (i.e. no free seats for overeaters or former overeaters) into account? I got a very clear impression from your posts that you would not find that acceptable and are assuming that all respectable doctors would naturally see the disability of obesity the same way you do: more important than the present condition of being too large to fit in one seat is whether the condition was brought on by laziness or greed. Why do you think the doctors would have the same objections you do regarding the practical issue of very obese people needing extra space?
Regarding the ruling, we're talking about people who don't fit
in the seats (aren't we?), not people who are simply fat. To add perspective, if the obese person who didnt want to/couldnt afford to buy an extra seat, didnt fit into the seat because of their present state of obesity on the day of the flight, was assigned the seat next to you and got to the plane first, would you have a problem with not getting a full seat next to them? Would you mind less if they were in part of your seat due to an unavoidable medical condition?