Obese Teen Causes Skinny Woman to Be Kicked Off Flight
An overweight teen traveling alone on Southwest Airlines required two seats in order to properly fit and buckle up. This caused a petite 5'4", 110 pound woman who was on standby to get the boot from the plane.
Had the woman been notified prior to boarding that the seat wasn't available, there probably wouldn't be such uproar. However, she paid in full for the last seat available and settled in on the plane with her luggage, only to be told she needed to leave because a passenger who only paid for one seat needed extra space.
This isn't the first time Southwest has removed a passenger do to "space" reasons. They found themselves in hot water after kicking director Kevin Smith off an Oakland to Burbank, CA flight back in February due to his large size. Kevin took to his Twitter page to express his outrage and embarrassment. "I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?)" he tweeted.
Now that the airline is receiving criticism for doing the exact opposite, they intend to apologize to the woman who was forced to leave the flight.
What's your take on this? Is Southwest just in a lose-lose situation? Should the overweight teen been asked to pay more?