A mega-influencer called on the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines to give overweight travelers as many free seats as they need to fly comfortably.
Vancouver travel and lifestyle innovator Jaylen Chaney is calling on the FAA to “protect” plus-size travelers and make bus travel “comfortable and accessible for everyone.”
It also wants airlines to be forced to reimburse overweight passengers for any extra seats they are forced to purchase when booking to accommodate their size.
“As plus-size travelers, my partner and I have unfortunately experienced discrimination and inconvenience while flying,” she wrote in it. petitionwhich was signed by about 4,300 people as of Saturday afternoon.
She added, “All plus-size passengers must be provided with an extra free seat, or even two or three depending on their size, to meet their needs and ensure their comfort during the flight.”
Chaney acknowledges that ticket prices will have to go up if she is to get her way, and acknowledges that passengers who are not overweight may experience higher ticket prices to help cover the improvements.
During a flight from Pasco to Denver, my fiancé was subjected to hateful comments, disapproving glances, and even refused to sit next to them, which amounted to discrimination. Similarly, on another flight, I was forced to take only one seat with fixed armrests that gave me pain and bruising.
In videos posted to her Instagram, Chaney has extensively documented her struggles with flying, from showing her and a boyfriend crammed tightly into seats to showing what some passengers had said to her, including asking if she had bought two.
In her petition, she wrote: ‘As an oversized female passenger, my partner and I have unfortunately experienced discrimination and inconvenience while flying.
Vancouver-based travel and lifestyle designer Jaylen Chaney calls on the FAA to “protect” plus-size travelers and make it “comfortable and accessible for everyone.”
The text superimposed on the video read: “They say it’s not fair to the person who has to sit next to me if I don’t.” “When I tell them I do, they say I’m being selfish for sitting in another seat.”
However, when Chaney is “forced to take only one seat”, it can result in her feeling pain and causing anger, as well as her being “badly treated by her fellow passengers”.
“The abuse of plus-size passengers is unacceptable, and highlights the urgent need for better policies that protect the dignity and rights of all passengers, regardless of size,” she wrote.
Unfortunately, plus-size passengers often experience discomfort and discrimination when flying. The lack of a unified policy for airlines with customer volume is unacceptable and needs to be addressed.
Chaney said she knows this could cause prices to go up for everyone to accommodate her ideas, which include offering larger seats or an extra free seat for plus-size passengers, larger restrooms for more comfort, and compensation for those who purchased two.
It also believes that crew members should undergo training on “how to accommodate plus-size passengers, including handling sensitive situations and providing appropriate customer service.”
She said her fiancé ‘was subjected to hateful comments, disapproving glances, and even refused to sit next to them, which amounted to discrimination’ on one of his trips, while having to squeeze into a seat without removable armrests caused bruising.
It now requires airlines to provide larger seats or an extra free seat for larger passengers, a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on new aircraft, crew training and the Transportation Security Administration, and refunds to passengers who purchase two seats.
In addition, she believes TSA should also be trained and “implement clear guidelines for screening plus-size travelers, train agents how to respectfully interact with plus-size travelers, offer sensitivity training, and provide accessible screening equipment.”
Chaney also proposed adding a wheelchair-accessible bathroom to all new aircraft.
This change will improve accessibility for occupants of all sizes and abilities, allowing them to use the bathroom comfortably and without difficulty. This will promote a more inclusive and accommodating travel experience, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to serving all passengers equally.
However, Chaney noted that she does not know who will have to fund the cost of the changes she has proposed, but believes the changes are worth it.
“It is difficult to provide a one-size-fits-all answer to the question of who will pay for the policies mentioned in the petition,” she said. Fox News in the current situation.
Implementing policies to accommodate plus-size passengers may come with associated costs, but those costs must be weighed against the benefits of creating a more welcoming and inclusive travel experience.
She admitted that she did not know who would bear the cost of the changes, but noted that the Department of Transportation had some responsibility in providing safe and comfortable travel for all
She suggested that airlines stop selling excess tickets so that those available can be used to accommodate larger passengers.
It also said that “the government may have a role to play in financing or incentivizing these policies, as part of its responsibility to promote accessible and equitable transportation for all citizens.”
“Ultimately, the question of who will pay for these policies should not be a barrier to taking action,” she told Fox.
By implementing these requirements, airlines will create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all passengers, regardless of their size. It is time for the airline industry to take a stand and commit to creating a more inclusive and accommodating environment for all passengers. Join us in asking the FAA to take action to protect plus-size travelers,” she wrote in her petition.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Chaney for comment.