A Sad Story of Me, an Airplane Ride and a Seat Belt Extension.
I Had to go out of town recently and when I sat down on the middle seat of 3 in Coach, I was told that if I wanted, I could go to the last row where I could have a window seat.
Of course I made the change.
Just so you know, I have not gained an inordinate amount of weight, lately. In fact, I actually lost weight since I quit smoking over a year ago.
So, now I’m sitting there in the last row and incoming was this seatbelt extender. The hostess just threw it into the center seat. I didn’t ask for it and I checked the seatbelt just to be sure I hadn’t misjudged my heft. Turns out I had no need for the seatbelt extender.
If you don’t know what a seatbelt extender is, it’s used by people too heavy for the normal seatbelt. Airlines usually carry them.
Nope…the regular seatbelt fit perfectly with space in between.
So, while I’m waiting to figure out the logic, a woman came with the world’s best behaved baby in the world and sat down to the left of me. So we’re saying ‘hi’ and all the other stuff when you’re going to be on a plane for 6 hours.
I finally asked her: just to know if I was being overly sensitive: “The hostess threw me this extender and I didn’t need an extender and now I’m really kind of pi**ed abut it.” I asked her if she thought that I should just confront the hostess (Is that what they’re called?) to find out why she did that?
My seatmate really encouraged me on that, so I decided I had a right to find out.
It’s like you go out on a date and the guy never calls again and you just want to find out where it all went wrong. Usually, I didn’t care, but I would have liked a little summary so I could avoid my making the same mistake again with someone I cared about.
Anyhow, back to the plane:
Did I just look huge?
Was she erring on the side of caution?
Was she senile? (She looked to be about 110 years old.)
It was more out of curiosity than anything else that I wanted to know.
So, I waited until every thing was settled down and I waited for her to be done with her drink tray and I got up out of my seat and she was right behind me with another hostess who looked only 90 years old.
Lillian Walby, dressed in uniform from her time as a Pan American World Airways flight attendant from 1969-73 and instructor from 1985-90. This is a google image and not the woman I am writing about.
BTW, just to let the hostess know…the older you get, the less makeup you should wear. However, I’m sure that when she was flying in the 1950’s they recommended this kind of over-the-top makeup.
So, now I’m in their face and say ‘ what’ going on? Why did you throw this extender to me?’
Well, both of them started stammering, saying that they forget who asked for one and they thought I asked for it. blah,.blah…blah.
I could tell that I wasn’t going to get anything more out of these ladies, as they were very protective about their bad service.
I was pretty upset but not upset enough to make something out of this.
It does make me sad that I’m right on the border of heavy to fat.
It really left a bad taste in my mouth because I believe that she really knew exactly what she had done. Maybe she thought she was saving me the embarrassment of asking for an extender.
I think that what I thought, as usual, was that I’m bigger than I look to myself. I have no full length mirror and when I’ve caught my full image, it wasn’t very good. Oh well.
I’m curious if any of you have had anything like this happen to you? I really hope not because it’s really a bad feeling.
Just so you don’t have to be bothered with the crew’s insensitivities, you can buy your own seatbelt extender on Amazon.com HERE. Just make sure that the one you use is compatible with your airline and is FAA approved.