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"I Felt Belittled:" Man Claims He Was Fat-Shamed By Cabin Crew Who Said He Should Have Paid For 2 Seats

Date May 24, 2019

Even as we all continue to learn to be more tolerant of each other, there are still people who become victims of unfair treatment on a daily basis. One man felt so when an airline crew member judged his decisions based on his size.

A flight passenger said he was fat-shamed by a Qantas cabin crew member when they didn't allow him to use one of the emergency exit row seats during a flight. The man, Darren Beales, explained that he had purchased the seat because he needed the extra leg-room.

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According to the Australian breakfast television program The Today Show, Beales said he was told by the cabin crew that he couldn't get the seat he wanted because it was against air regulations.

According to the Qantas exit row seat regulations, passengers may only be allowed to seat in that area if they do not require an extension seatbelt and if they are capable of moving quickly to assist the crew in an emergency situation.

Beales felt like he was being treated unfairly because of his weight and was especially upset when the flight attendant suggested that he purchased two seats in the future. He claimed the attendant said that allowing Beales take that seat would have been against regulations.

Beales maintained that he was fully capable of helping in case of an emergency and he was able to fit into the seat just fine.

It was fat-shaming. She was rude. It made me feel really belittled. I could have helped in the emergency.

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Was the airline wrong?

Many people took to social media to share what they thought about the situation. While some understood where Beales was coming from, they believed the airline and crew made the right decision for the safety of the other passengers.

Do you agree that the airline crew was simply doing their job? Or could they have handled the matter in a different way and avoid upsetting a passenger?

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