“You can’t expect me to travel next to a big person like her.”
“I paid for a full seat, not half!”
The flight attendant could only look at Lydia with pity. She said:
“I’m sorry, ma’am. As per our airline’s ‘passengers of size’ policy, you have to purchase another seat now or we’ll deny your boarding.”
Out of the corner of her eyes, Lydia saw people snickering and giving her side-eyes. She was so embarrassed, but she had a job to do; she couldn’t let her client down.
So, she blinked back tears and paid for a second seat.
“In that moment, I wished the plane would fly faster. Everyone kept whispering behind my back. I felt so ashamed.”
“But I wasn’t always this big… not until I lost my parents to a car crash 10 years ago.”
“I began eating because it took my mind off the bad stuff. Before I realized it, it had already gotten out of control.” – Lydia