20 Heartbreaking Challenges You Didn’t Know “Fat” People Faced While Flying

Recently, there was a story that went viral online about plus-size model Natalie Hage and a rude passenger she had sat next to on a flight. According to the story, the man whom Natalie was seated next to on the flight was texting one of his buddies about the “discomfort” of sitting next to a bigger person on an airplane and, Natalie actually glanced over and saw him speaking ill of her and her weight – and she confronted him about it – feeling disrespected.

Many times, we don’t realize that people who weigh more, also feel uncomfortable and struggle while doing everyday things – such as traveling. If you hadn’t noticed before, train seats and plane seats are both made for people of slimmer figures and often times – do not help those of bigger body mass.

And, while people are constantly judging those of bigger size – you should really try and put yourself in their shoes before you start calling them names. One Twitter user @yrfatfriend summed up exactly what it meant to be a bigger person while traveling.


To me, this is heartbreaking and eye-opening. I myself, have never personally experienced this. However, I grew up with a father who was very much overweight and dealt with people’s stares and glares whenever we did anything together – from sitting down at a baseball game to swimming at the pool.

Society’s body standards and ways in which they body shame individuals needs to come to an end – everyone is different and every body is different. Discriminating someone based on their weight or looks is something that is both disgusting and uncalled for.

Be the change, people.



Written by Lex Gabrielle

A writer and teacher from New York City who fully supports messy buns and 3+ cups of coffee a day.