A few months ago, I shared my experience of flying while fat.
Perhaps, finally, some other, unfamiliar feeling could replace the paralysing anxiety that pulled the air out of any plane I flew on. Maybe the guilt I feel for being a burden wouldn't be so debilitating any longer.
I was wrong.
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I knew flying with a budget airline could go terribly. I'd read the horror articles from paying customers who had been rebuffed by staff and told they couldn't fly with medical devices they'd paid to have onboard. I knew of the discrimination plus-size people face while flying.
Still, I was with a large group of friends. I thought it would be okay to book two seats for myself. If I made the staff at the front desk aware of what I needed so they could help before it was too late. If I asked for a seat belt extender upon boarding so I could avoid having to be a burden. If I requested to get on the plane first so I didn't have to inconvenience anyone else, that could make everyone's experience better.