(CTN News) – Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas, is receiving high praise from plus-size travelers for its lesser-known “inclusion policy.”
This policy, which has been in effect for over three decades, is gaining significant attention ahead of the holiday travel season, thanks to the influence of plus-size individuals.
Jae’Lynn Chaney expressed her desire for widespread awareness of this policy, particularly among individuals living with larger bodies and those classified as super fat. She believes that everyone, regardless of size, should be aware of and benefit from this policy.
Interestingly, Southwest Airlines appears to be the only major U.S. carrier that has implemented such a policy.
Kimmy Garris has personally taken advantage of this policy on three separate occasions. She strongly believes that planes should be accessible to all passengers and that larger seats should be provided.
According to Southwest’s policy, customers whose bodies extend beyond the armrest are entitled to an additional seat, free of charge. This ensures their comfort and allows for a more enjoyable travel experience.
There are two ways for customers to access this benefit, providing them with flexibility and convenience.
According to Garris, one option is to talk to the gate agent and secure two seats during pre-boarding. However, Southwest Airlines advises plus-size passengers to buy an extra ticket and get reimbursed later.
Some passengers at Dallas Love Field find this unfair, while Tigress Osborn from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance says there is a lot of attention on this policy. Southwest Airlines is also offering flights to view the 2024 total solar eclipse.
Osborn argues for necessary policies to address the treatment of larger passengers, who face unfair blame for flight discomfort.
Passengers and agents should collaborate to solve issues, rather than solely blaming overweight individuals. Critics claim these policies will raise airfare costs, but Southwest Airlines has successfully implemented them without compromising affordability.