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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3 Responses to “Forced To Stand 400-pound Guy”

  1. Jessica on November 28th, 2011 6:19 pm

    Hmmm… I guess there is a good reason why larger people should pay for two seats.

  2. Maxine on November 28th, 2011 11:04 pm

    How very inconsiderate, and rude you are Jessica!! How about the airlines having to make the seating larger?? I hope you get stuck between 2 larger size people and it’s a turbulent ride, so you have to remain seated and buckled.

  3. William on November 29th, 2011 1:04 am

    maybe the planes should have a couple rows that operate as regular seats, and then convert to larger ones upon request, for an upgrade fee of course. I dont understand how people like these complain and say its discrimination when they are told to pay more for a seat…
    200 bucks that it? thats like a slap across the face, his money should be refunded and he should have gotten an upgrade in seat to first class ..