American Airlines hits back after overweight passengers fat-shamed

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American Airlines has responded after a woman allegedly fat-shamed her fellow passenger during her three-hour flight. Sydney Watson, a conservative commentator, expressed her discontent on social media as she claimed she had been wedged between two passengers who were “too fat to fly”.

Dr Sydney Watson, who claims to be an American-Australian political commentator, took to Twitter last month in an unruly campaign arguing, “If you need a seat belt extender, you are TOO FAT TO BE ON A PLANE”.

In her social media posts, Ms Watson claimed she was sat between obese siblings and shared photos which she suggested showed her being “wedged” between the two people.

Her tweet immediately received mixed responses as many said that her plea was entirely uncalled for, while others felt she was justified in her strong stance.

In response to feedback, she later clarified she had asked one of the siblings if they would like to sit together but was told “no”.

She wrote: “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 went further to argue obese people should “buy two seats or don’t fly”.

Ms Watson said she was “so upset” by the situation and claimed the flight attendant was “giving me the ‘this is f****d’ pity expression”.

American Airlines later responded to Ms Watson, telling her the company does not discriminate against any body type.

It went further to explain how its system worked after being probed about why seats were typically sized for “medium” build travellers.

The Twitter account for the airline replied: “Our passengers come in all different sizes and shapes. We’re sorry you were uncomfortable on your flight.”

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The airline said: “We offer a variety of seat sizes and styles, so our customers can select what works best for them.”

It included a link to the different seats it offered, including up-market alternatives to basic economy, including business and first class.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the airline’s response, Ms Watson replied by saying: “We need to talk”.

Ms Watson on Saturday doubled down on her stance and claimed to have “found out” the response from the airline went against its own policies.

“So we are clear – I stand by everything I said,” she wrote in a new tweet.

“And have come to find out what happened to me went against American Airlines own policies regarding overweight passengers.”

She went further to demand “some reparations”.

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