An American Airlines passenger is asking the company for ‘reparations’ after she tweeted that she was ‘trapped’ between two ‘overweight people’ on a three-hour flight.
Sydney Watson, who describes herself as an Australian-American political commentator, posted on Twitter on Monday saying she was “literally – ELBOWED between two obese people on my flight”.
“That’s absolutely NOT acceptable or okay. If fat people want to be fat, fine. But that’s another thing when I’m stuck between you, with your arm rolling over my body, for 3 hours,” said Watson.
In the tweet thread, Watson said “If you need a seatbelt extender, you’re TOO BIG TO BE ON A PLANE.”
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“Buy two seats or don’t fly,” Watson added.
Watson said the flight attendant on the plane “asked me 4 times if I needed anything” and gave her the “pity expression ‘it’s done for’.” “
According to Watson, she asked a brother of one of the women next to her if he wanted to “swap seats”.
“He said, ‘no. It’s okay :)’…and then I started screaming internally,” Watson said.
“I don’t care if it’s nasty. My whole body is currently being touched against my will. I can’t even put the armrests on either side because there’s no fucking room. I’m sick of acting like obesity is so normal. Let me assure you it’s not,” she said.
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After calling American Airlines, the company responded by tweeting, “Our passengers come in all different sizes and shapes. We’re sorry you were uncomfortable during your flight.”
“Holy shit,” Watson said of American Airlines’ response to her experience.
“It’s really their official response to me being sandwiched between two obese humans,” Watson said. “So, I’m only expected to have a quarter seat when I’m flying? I just felt like I was sweating, being hit without my consent, being punched in the face and to be subjected to hours with no personal space. And your answer is basically ‘Too bad’? Is that what I mean?” Watson said.
At one point during the flight, Watson said she “chose to close my tray table and hold my teacup between my teeth because it was hitting her stomach and I couldn’t get it down properly. “.
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Responding to media coverage of her experience, Watson said she stood by “everything I said” and tweeted “I would like reparations please.”
Fox News has reached out to American Airlines and Watson for further comment.