Forced To Stand 400-pound Guy
November 28, 2011 by staff
Forced To Stand 400-pound Guy, As he settled in for the U.S. Airways flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Philadelphia, Arthur Berkowitz looked at the empty seat next him and figured he’d have a little extra room to stretch out.
That was until a late-arriving 400-pound passenger took the spare seat — and then some, spilling over into Berkowitz’s space and forcing him to stand for the entire seven-hour flight, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported Wednesday.
Berkowitz, 57, told the newspaper that the other man tried to be gracious about the situation.
“The first thing he said to me was: ‘I want to apologize — I’m your worst nightmare,’” Berkowitz said, recalling last July’s ordeal.
The only way the hefty man could sit down was by lifting up both armrests, making it impossible for Mr. Berkowitz to sit.
Berkowitz said the plane was full, and there was nowhere else for him to sit. So he stood, he said.
The Daily Mail reported that the airline has since apologized to Berkowitz and offered him a $200 voucher in compensation. But Berkowitz called the offer “inappropriate,” given that he paid $800 for his plane ticket.
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