Explain your situation and ask if there are any seats available next to an empty seat. And if you somehow end up in a middle seat, ask them to check with any passenger traveling alone in an aisle or window seat to see if they will change places with you. While you’re at it, ask if there are any empty seats in business or first class. If you do end up with a middle seat and no alternatives, wait until you are on the plane and ask the passenger next to you to switch. Aisles There’s good and bad to both and what you choose is really up to your personal preference.

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Granted, asking at the onset may mean they forget with all the hustle. Just catch their eye and raise a finger and they’ll likely remember.

Pre-boarding will also allow you to raise the armrest next to you and get settled before your fellow passengers arrive.

I am 5’8″ (172.5cm) and my weight fluctuates between about 340 and 360. Round shoulders, bigger at the top than the bottom, with narrower hips and legs. Note that UK sizing is slightly inconsistent with US sizing.

I’ve heard that US sizes are one size larger but I find the whole thing confusing.

Boarding: If you’re at the back of the plane, opt for the pre-boarding.

They don’t really argue at the gate and the boarding call is general: “For our passengers with children or those who require extra time boarding the plane.” Opting for early boarding will save you unintentionally hip-checking a hundred people as you pass down the aisle and will also give you time to ask the Stewards for a seatbelt extension without holding up the line.

I just rolled my eyes, popped a Tylenol-PM and went to sleep. And while it’s never what I’d call enjoyable, it’s possible. Bear in mind as most of these policies are new, they may be inconsistently enforced so it’s very important for you to know your rights yourself rather than assuming the staff you come into contact with will. Some tips: If you’re traveling with a partner, book the aisle and the window seat and leave the middle seat empty.

The middle seat is the last choice for *everyone* who travels so if the flight isn’t full, chances are it will remain empty.

I can’t find my tape measure but my last recorded ’roundest bit’ measurement was 63″ – including the largest circumference of my belly and butt.

Again, the narrower hips aid me a bit in fitting in to plane seats, though the larger upper body means contorting a bit to avoid constantly being banged on the arm by toilet-bound passengers and drink carts.

This will mean you’re not tucking in your arms while others are lumbering through with their luggage.