American Airlines claps back at woman who went on fat shaming rant against two obese fellow flyers

American Airlines claps back at woman who went on fat shaming rant against two obese fellow flyers
The woman, Sydney Watson, tweeted about being wedged between two obese siblings on an American Airlines flight and on being called out by the airlines, she said she had problem with their policies (SydneyLWatson/Twitter)

American Airlines responded to an Australian woman who went on a bizarre rant about having to sit between "two OBESE siblings" during a flight. The Twitter user, Dr Sydney Watson, took to her account on October 10 to rant about how she had to sit on a three-hour flight between two plus-sized flyers. 

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To this, the airlines responded by stating that they catered to people of all shapes and sizes. However, Watson did not seem to be very satisfied with their response. Later on, she went on to say that she had a problem with the airline's policies and that she stood by everything she said. 

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The woman started with a tweet, "I am currently - literally - WEDGED between two OBESE people on my flight. This is absolutely NOT acceptable or okay. If fat people want to be fat, fine. But it is something else entirely when I'm stuck between you, with your arm rolls on my body, for 3 hours."

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She went on and on stating, "I don't care if this is mean. My entire body is currently being touched against my wishes. I can't even put the arm rests down on either side because there's no f***ing room. I'm sick of acting like fatness to this extent is normal. Let me assure you, it is not."

She also added, "If you need a seat belt extender, you are TOO FAT TO BE ON A PLANE. Buy two seats or don't fly."

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Quoting the same tweet, she tagged American airlines and said, "@AmericanAir we need to talk." To the same, the airlines replied talking about how they cater to all passengers without discrimination and said, "Our passengers come in all different sizes and shapes. We're sorry you were uncomfortable on your flight."


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However, she continued with her tantrum, tweerting, "This is really their official reply to me being sandwiched between two obese humans. Holy s**t. So, I'm expected to have only a quarter of a seat when I fly?" and later added to the thread saying, "@AmericanAir I just experienced getting sweat on, touched without my consent, smacked in the face and subjected to hours of no personal space. And your response is essentially "too bad"? Is that what I'm getting here?"

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However, in reply to the airline's tweet, netizens asked if this was all they had to say about it. One user said, "If your passengers come in all different shapes & sizes, why are your seats only wide enough for medium-sized people?" to which the airlines replied by saying, "We offer a variety of seat sizes and styles, so our customers can select what works best for them." However, as the conversation went on, it seemed like people did not really know about the policy. As in the thread, another user asked, "You have a variety of seat sizes? What am I missing here..." The airlines responded by sharing a link that mentioned the different types of seats provided. The airline tweeted, "Please follow the link below for details on all of our seat options."

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However, netizens were quick to point out the rule which stated that passengers were requireed to purchase two seats if they needed a seatbelt extension or if their body extended an inch beyond the outermost edge of the armrest. A user replied to the thread and said, "Can you also provide the link for your "extra space" policy that you don't enforce?" while sharing a screenshot of the American Airlines Extra Space Policy.

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As per her latest tweet discussing the matter, Watson said in a tweet, "So we are clear. I stand by everything I said. And have come to find out what happened to me went against American Airlines own policies regarding overweight passengers. I'd like some reparations pls."

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