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Types of Seat Belt Extenders

There are several types of seat belt extenders, both for vehicles and airplanes. Do you know if you need one? And, if so, what type or size you need?

Depending on your body shape, you may need a seat belt extender for vehicle or airline travel for your comfort and safety. Standard length seat belts are designed for the traveler who weighs up to about 215 pounds. If you weigh more than 215 pounds or if you carry your weight around your hips and stomach, you are probably a good candidate for a seat belt extender if you are looking for a comfortable ride.

Types of Seat Belt Extenders

Choose your seat belt extender based on the type of transportation that you plan to use most often – vehicles vs. airplanes.

Vehicle Seat Belt Extenders

There are two types of extenders designed for vehicles:

  • Extended length of webbing straps – Straps of seat belt webbing with a clasp on each end that you attach to the existing seat belt.
  • Stick-like – An 8-10″ stick-like device that you click into the stationary end of your car’s seat belt bracket.

Your car or truck dealer is an excellent source for vehicle seat belt extenders. They can make sure that the extender you select is designed to fit in your particular car. Some dealers will provide an extender for the driver at no cost. Check with your dealer for the cost and availability of an extender for your car.

Car part dealers and online retailers such as Amazon also offer car seat belt extenders.

Airplane Seat Belt Extenders

Seat belt extenders for airplanes are a length of seat belt webbing with a clasp on each end. You attach the seat belt extender to one side of the existing seat belt and then adjust the seat belt to a comfortable length. A flight attendant uses a seat belt extender to show passengers how to buckle your seat belt and then provides the extender to passengers who need one for a more comfortable ride. Or, you can purchase your own seat belt extender and be ready for your next flight.

There are three basic styles of airplane seat belt extenders:

  • Style A – This style has a square metal tongue and fits most of the jets flying domestically and internationally as well as many of the smaller jets and prop planes. This style is used on American, United, US Air, TWA, Northwest, Delta, Continental, Jet Blue, Alaska, British Airways and Air Canada. Consider this style if you want to purchase only one style of extender for your airline travel.
  • Style B – This style also has a square metal tongue but it is uniquely designed to fit most of the smaller and prop planes.
  • Southwest, Qantas and Lufthansa Airlines – These airlines have a unique style of seat belt clasp. Style A or B extenders will not work with the seat belts on the planes of these three airlines. You will need to request a seat belt extender from the flight attendant.

An airline seat belt extender is typically 24-25″ in length. You can adjust the extender to lengthen a few inches or up to the full length of the extender to increase your seating comfort.

There are many online sources for seat belt extenders including Amazon. When selecting your retailer, make sure that the seat belt meets or exceeds federal standards and, in the case of airplane extenders, that they are FAA approved.

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5 Steps to Getting a Comfortable Airline Seat

Small seats, limited legroom and planes packed to capacity all can keep you from getting a comfortable airline seat, particularly if you are a plus size passenger.

Planning Leads to a Comfortable Airline Seat

Traveling on an airplane does not have to be uncomfortable. With a little planning, you can meet the challenges of airline travel by following a few time-tested tips:

  1. Select a size-friendly airline – Some airlines are more sensitive to the plus size traveler. Others are just plain rude. GrandStyle has a helpful recap of which airlines treat big people well.
  2. Schedule flights during non-busy times – Weekday evening and overnight flights usually have fewer passengers than an early morning or late afternoon flight. Less passengers increases your chance of having an empty seat next to you — which will certainly give you a more comfortable flight.
  3. Research size-friendly seat accommodations before booking the flight – Each style of airplane has a different seat layout — seat 10B could be an aisle seat on some airlines and a middle seat on other airlines. The airline can tell you the type of aircraft used on a specific flight and you can research the airplane’s layout on the airline’s website or on a seat research site such as SeatGuru or check out the legroom info provided by CheapFlights.com. Knowing the plane’s layout will help you to arrange for a comfortable seat.
  4. Eat and use the restroom before boarding – Eating, drinking and using the restroom during a flight can be an uncomfortable situation for a plus size body. The tray table may not lay down completely flat, making it difficult to use with food and drinks. Airplane restrooms are very small and may be too small for some passengers to use.
  5. Board early – Take advantage of the opportunity for early boarding. Having a little extra time can come in handy getting down the jet way, settling into your seat or getting your seat belt extender ready-to-use.

For More Help and Ideas on Plus Size Airline Travel

Need more travel info? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size travel posts.

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Big & Tall Guy Gifts: Give Him Fun & Comfort

Get the perfect big & tall guy gifts for the big or tall guy in your life. Finding the perfect gift or the perfect fit can sometimes be difficult for big & tall guys; so, a gift from you that fits him and his lifestyle will really be appreciated.

Big & Tall Guy Gifts: Big & Tall Clothing & Accessories

Amazon and DestinationXL are awesome sources for clothing for the big & tall guy. Here are a few ideas:

Big & Tall Guy Team Logo Tees
DestinationXL TeeGuys of all ages who actively follow professional sports love to wear their team’s logo on their tee. Don’t let your guy’s size keep him from supporting his favorite team. Check out the team logo tees at Destination XL.

Big Head Cap
Big & tall guys often have big heads and can’t find fun caps and hats. Pick up one (or more!) for your favorite guy. Whether he enjoys a team logo on a baseball cap, a trendy cap or a fishing hat, he’ll enjoy your gift every time he wears it!

Sizing tip: If standard size caps are a real tight fit on your guy, look for a size 8 or a XXL cap.

If he has fuller hair or if you are unsure of his hat size (except that you know he can’t wear the regular “off the rack” sizes!), look for an XXL or size 8 cap with an adjustable band – either at the back or on the inside band.

Long Belts for Big & Tall Guy Gifts
DestinationXL BeltWhether he needs a casual or a more formal belt, it can be hard to find one that is attractive and long enough. DestinationXL and Amazon both have several styles in a wide range of prices. For example, check out the military-style web belt, a belt that looks equally good on jeans and slacks and the Durabelt leather belt at DestinationXL.

Sturdy Seating

Surprise your guy with a chair, stool or seat that he can be comfortable in while he enjoys his outdoor or indoor activities.

Soccer dads, fishermen and outdoor loungers will enjoy having a comfortble portable chair that is designed for a larger body. Check out the Coleman chair from Amazon as well as the folding beach chair from DestinationXL.

If your guy like to be “in-person” at sporting events but the bleacher seats are killing his back, he will appreciate the stadium seat from DestinationXL that provides comfortable support through the entire game.

DestinationXL Mesh Back SupportBig & tall guys who sit for long stretches in office chairs will enjoy the mesh back support from DestinationXL. It provides back support combined with lots of space for cooling air.

Car and Truck Seat Belt Extenders

Sometimes just a few inches can make a difference between a too-tight seat belt and a comfortable ride. Your big & tall guy doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort for safety. Buy him a seat belt extender for his car or truck.

Amazon and Destination XL both have great options for seat belt extenders.

You can also obtain seat belt extenders from your car or truck dealer. Just place an order in the parts department.

OK gift givers. Start your engines and pick the perfect gifts for the big & tall guy. He will appreciate your gift for many years as you make his life easier and more fun.

Need more tips on living as a plus size woman or big & tall man? Check out GrandStyle’s
recent plus size living posts and recent plus size clothing posts.