As I write this, it's Wednesday the 24th September at 6.20pm. I am writing in good old fashioned pencil and will obviously type it word for word later.
I am currently sitting on an Easyjet flight from Luton to Edinburgh. As you may know, the Easyjet seats are not massive as you get what you pay for and I understand and support the Easyjet business model. However, tonight I am crammed against the window as one of the fattest men I have seen has chosen the middle seat in this row of three.
How he got into the seat, I may never understand. I am seriously concerned how he will get out again and how I would get out in an Emergency. I have already worked out a route climbing over the man in front of me who looks quite small.
We have been flying for 10 minutes and Fat man is now sleeping and I cant move. To prove how much space he is taking up, I try to open my table and can't as it hits his arms and is close to his gut. His frame is taking up around a quarter of my space. He is too fat to sit right back in the seat and therefore his legs are wide open to avoid the seat in front.
I force my table open in the hope that he moves over a little and allow my lungs to expand again. It works... for about 30 seconds and then he's back.
Do these comments make me fattist? Let me be specific here, I am not talking about overweight people, this man is really obese and I would reckon on 30+ stone (that's 420 pounds or 190kg).
I have nothing against obese people in theory, but I have read stories that a significant part of the NHS costs are due to conditions caused by weight. Should we be subsidising those who choose to mistreat their bodies? And, should he pay for 2 seats and be put at the front - partly for other people's comfort, but mainly for safety?
I will have to give some thought to my prejudice and whether I am simply wrong. However, at this time I am more concerned about my safety.
At the end of the flight, he struggled to free himself from the seat and I had to look away with embarrassment as he strained to release his body. It took a good minute and I wondered if Easyjet engineers would have to bring some grease.