Just got back from another wonderful trip to Seattle. Just love that town.
Flew this time (in the past, we’ve taken the train), and I noticed that when I am flying coach, even though I buy an extra seat (if anyone in the check-in process asks me, I just tell them I get one for each cheek), I am feeling the stress of being fat and flying more. First class isn’t so stressful.
We booked through American Airlines, but the flight was actually with Alaska Airlines – a carrier I’ve never used before. So a little extra stress.
I will say Alaska Airlines was very accommodating – getting a seatbelt extender was no problem (sometimes I sit there and worry that I won’t get one before we take off). I do recommend buying your own seatbelt extender – I lost mine and haven’t replaced it yet; but it is nice to know that you’ve got that taken care of before you get on the plane. Just one less thing to worry about.
The biggest problem I have now is getting back out of a seat because there just isn’t much room to get the leverage to get the butt up and out, without using the seat in front of me, and I don’t like to do that – I don’t like it when someone else is pulling on my seat, so I just try not to do it to anyone else. So getting out quickly is not an exercise in fat grace – I usually loop one leg over the arm of the aisle seat and go from there (with arms flailing appropriately).
Either the people in front of me were extraordinarily thoughtful, very posture-conscious, or the seats in Alaska Airlines don’t go back very far, because nobody put their seat back to the point where I was sniffing their hair product. Something I also appreciate.
I found the aisles to be pretty wide too. I am usually more conscious of trying to edge my way down the aisle, but with Alaska, I was pretty much able to just walk down the aisle, which was nice. Also, I didn’t seem to get as much bumpage from the flight attendants going up and down the aisle.
Sitting there, I can tell you I definitely would not have fit in one coach seat. I checked to see where the seat ended and where my butt ended, and I can confirm that the seat ended before my butt did. But the seats are set up so that I had to actually check – some airlines, you buy that extra seat, but the armrest doesn’t go up all the way, so it is poking into you for the entire flight. That truly sucks.
So if you can afford the extra seat or if you’re not super-sized, I’d say Alaska is pretty good as airlines go.