The goal of this article is to help you find a size-friendly airline that will have comfortable seats and a welcoming attitude for plus size, big or tall travelers. This is a compilation of comments made about various airlines. It’s by no means exhaustive. Most airline seats are only 17″ wide. For detailed information which compares airline seat widths on various aircraft, find your airline and aircraft on SeatGuru.
Plus size holiday airline travel can become unbearable. In addition to the small seats on the airplane, the holidays add the stress of crowded airports and planes.
Tips for Plus Size Holiday Airline Travel
To maximize your comfort and minimize your stress, consider these four travel hacks:
1. Travel when the plane is least crowded.
Even during the holidays, planes are less crowded over night (i.e. from 9 PM to 6 AM). Flying on the holiday itself will also be significantly less crowded than flying a few days before or after the holiday. For example, two uncrowded flight dates are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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. 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.