To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Plus-size woman demands free seats and bigger bathrooms on airlines in online petition

Plus-size woman demands free seats and bigger bathrooms on airlines in online petition

Jae'lynn Chaney has described experiencing 'discrimination' on flights

An airline passenger has launched a petition calling for planes to provide bigger bathrooms and free seats for plus-size customers.

Content creator Jae'lynn Chaney, from Vancouver, Washington, said she started the petition after experiencing 'discrimination and discomfort' while travelling with her partner.

Noting that the couple are both plus-size travellers, Chaney described a flight from Pasco to Denver on which her fiancé was 'subjected to hateful comments, disapproving looks, and even refusal to sit next to them'.

Chaney has received support for her petition.

On another flight, she herself found herself suffering 'pain and bruises' as she had to sit in a seat with fixed armrests.

Arguing that 'air travel should be comfortable and accessible for everyone', Chaney is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the US Department of Transportation to take action.

The petition states: "The FAA must require all airlines to implement a clear customer-of-size policy that prioritizes the comfort and well-being of all passengers."

Chaney believes better accommodations need to be made.

Chaney went on to list a number of policies she believes should be in place, one of which reads: "All plus-size passengers should be provided with an extra free seat, or even two or three seats depending on their size, to accommodate their needs and ensure their comfort during the flight."

The passenger also claimed airlines should have 'larger bathrooms, seat belt extenders, and alternative seating arrangements' for plus-size customers, as well as 'at least one wheelchair accessible restroom' on all new airplanes.

"Airlines and government agencies that regulate the airline industry must train all employees on how to accommodate plus-size travelers, including handling sensitive situations and providing appropriate customer service," read another demand.

Chaney concluded: "By implementing these requirements, airlines will create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all passengers, regardless of their size.

"It's time for the airline industry to take a stand and commit to creating a more inclusive and accommodating environment for all passengers. Join us in demanding that the FAA take action to protect plus-size travelers."

At the time of writing (15 April), Chaney's petition has achieved more than 4,100 signatures.

In comments to Fox News, Chaney acknowledged that there would likely be additional costs associated with her demands, but expressed belief they'd be worth it.

"Implementing policies to accommodate plus-size passengers may come with associated costs, but these costs must be weighed against the benefits of creating a more welcoming and inclusive travel experience," she said.

UNILAD has contacted the Department of Transportation for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @jaebaeproductions / Jesús Pérez Pacheco / Alamy

Topics: Travel, US News, Life