Two for One, Literally!

November 22, 2008 at 2:22 am Leave a comment

Wow!  The Canadian Supreme Court has just upheld a ruling that obese people can buy two seats on flights within Canadian airspace for the price of one.  That’s right; those who are “functionally disabled by obesity” pay only a single fare, even if they need two seats

Will the U.S. follow?  I doubt it.  I would have mixed feelings about it if we did.  I still vividly remember how it was to travel with my morbidly obese ex-husband.  When we went on our honeymoon, we had to buy three seats on the plane because he required two.  (I barely fit into one at the time.)  We rarely traveled far from home because, on our limited budget, we couldn’t afford the extra airfare.  So, it would have been nice to get a two-for-one.

However, I never felt that it was owed to us.  It seemed to me that if we needed extra room – no matter what the reason, we should pay for it.  And, I have concerns that allowing people to take that extra seat without consequences essentially rewards them for what is usually bad behavior.  We shouldn’t discriminate against heavier people, but we shouldn’t necessarily give them perks either.

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