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Can You Buy Seat Belt Extenders At The Airport [PATCHED]

According to 2020 data published by TripSavvy, an expert-based travel site, each airline has different lengths of seat belts and extenders. The exact length of seat belts varies by airline and by reports, ranging anywhere from 31 inches to around 51 inches.

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When it comes to air travel, the term "passenger of size" is used for anyone who's overweight or too large to potentially occupy one seat on an aircraft. Many airlines have rules that require a larger passenger to pay for a second seat if he or she can't comfortably fit in one seat with or without a seat belt extender. Contact your airline for the most up-to-date rules.

As a passenger of size, I need to understand that there really are no standards. Different types of aircraft have different seat widths and seat belt lengths. Aircraft substitutions are made all the time, and despite my best efforts to book the best flight, it may not actually work out that way on the day of travel.

I can fit just fine into one seat but feel squished or need a seat belt extender on a different aircraft in the same airline's fleet. That was the case for me when I flew on five different aircraft across three airlines and needed a seat belt extender on two of those flights: the American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 pictured above and an Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300. I fit just fine on an Austrian Airlines A320, United 787-10 and United ERJ175. All seats were in business class.

Most airlines have several different types of aircraft and it's possible the seat width and seat belt length differ on each of them. Whenever possible, I try to determine the seat belt length for the airline I'm flying. Most airlines post this information on their websites or you can reach out to customer service by phone or through a direct message on social media.

I know it's not fun, but when you board an aircraft and you need a seat belt extender, ask the flight attendant for one. No one's ever judged me for that and most cabin crew members are discreet about it. Wearing a seat belt is for your safety as well as the safety of everyone around you. It is folly to fly without wearing a seat belt.

It's also possible to purchase a seat belt extender. The Federal Aviation Administration does not want you to do that, though. This is part of a memo they distributed to airlines back in 2012 when seat belt extenders first started to flood the consumer marketplace:

I agree that the best option is using the airline's own equipment. However, I do have my own seat belt extender (which looks and feels exactly like what's handed out on the aircraft) and carry it in my carry-on in case an aircraft doesn't have enough extenders to go around. This has not happened to me yet, but as I mentioned in another post, I'm a planner and I'd rather be prepared than asked to leave the aircraft due to a lack of an essential piece of safety gear.

At the beginning of this story I mentioned the recent situation on Thai Airways where several women were barred from sitting in the business-class seats they purchased due to the use of seat belts with airbags. It's important to note that not every business-class seat has a seat belt airbag. In fact, only Thai's Boeing 787-9 has that type of restraint. But, you can also sometimes find that type of belt in economy bulkhead rows or other locations.

In the case of Thai Airways, it notes the use of seat belt airbags and passenger size restrictions on its seat maps. But, you may not want to rely on seat maps. Making a quick call to ask about any restrictions on the seat you've chosen is the best way to avoid a problem while boarding.

If you have an Extra Seat Boarding document, you can choose to preboard to select seats that best meet your needs. You can also choose to board with your original boarding group and position. Once onboard, if necessary, please request a seatbelt extension from our Flight Attendant.

For some passengers, airplane seat belts are not a one-size-fits-all part of travel. If you find that you fall into this category of flyers, your options are relatively limited -- especially in light of FAA policies that require all passengers to fit securely into a seat belt and be able to lower both armrests when seated. Check with your airline before departure if you are concerned that this may be an issue for you.

If you're flying coach and find that your seat belt doesn't fit -- and the flight isn't full -- see if you can purchase an additional seat and combine two seat belts. If you're lucky, the seat next to you may be an empty seat and you won't have to pay for it. Again, however, it's best not to rely on this option, especially during holidays or other popular travel times.

Economy-class seats are considerably narrower in seat width than seats in business class and first class. If a coach seat belt doesn't fit, consider upgrading your ticket so you can have more space in flight. If the flight isn't full and there's no extender available, ask the airline staff to bump you up to business or first class. The benefits of more roomy plane seats and a more comfortable lap belt may well outweigh any additional cost for obese passengers.

If no seat belt extender, extra seat or class upgrade is available, you may wish to deplane and board a later flight. Because this option can be inconvenient and embarrassing, however, it's wise to ascertain before check-in the accommodations you will need once on board. If your travel plans are flexible, you may wish to book a flight that is traditionally less crowded, such as the very first or very last flight of the day.

I was so stressed about asking for a seatbelt extender on my last flight, and I ended up buy one on amazon for pretty cheap. It was so coinvent, and made me so much more comfortable. It worked perfectly, and came in a very small little back that fit into my purse.

I'm just guessing here as I have not bothered to check the regs, but common sense suggests that using any kind of safety device - and a seatbelt extender would qualify - that is not provided by the (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g)document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);)(function()ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-71097070', '');, 'log_autolink_impression');airline itself would conflict with every last aviation safety regulation and not be allowed. The airline just letting your husband use one would put them in breach of regs.

Can't find an answer on easyjet website but as he doesn't require an extra seat as he fits in one seat fine armrest down too just that model a319 seat belts are smaller and this (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g)document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);)(function()ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-71097239', '');, 'log_autolink_impression');flight we are taking to Iceland easyjet were only carrier which was convenient for us and we knew it would be a319 model ( we may get lucky and get an a320? ) who knows? So we did not book this without thought , at he time of booking hubby was happy to ask for extender, but as it looms ever closer he is trying so hard not to have to ask for one! Lol

this is puzzling. the length of the seatbelt is not model specific. it depends on the seats fitted. and as the 319 is just a short version of the 320, it is likely that the same seats and belts would be used. as for the comment that the belt would be over his thighs....??????? unless he was obese, then there would be no reason for that. the position of the seatbelt mounting bolts governs the position of the belts on a body

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a reminder to the airlines at the end of last month that their extenders -- which add 25 inches to the length of a regular seat belt by being buckled to the ones on planes -- are the only ones to be used.

Most airlines have multiple distinct types of aircraft, and each can have varying seat widths and seat belt lengths. Whenever feasible, attempt to find out the seat belt length for the airline with which you are travelling.

Some airlines will require you to book a seat belt extender before your flight, so if possible, do so during airport check-in. If your airline does not provide seat belt extenders, you can purchase and pack them in your hand luggage.

Congrats on SWA's redesign in the 737-800 plane. However, the redesign includes new seat belts so my previous seat belt extender will not work. Does anyone know where I can find an extender that will work? Yes, I have tried Amazon and eBay (both only have Type A and B, neither of which fit the new 737-800). Thanks!

Once onboard the aircraft, if necessary, please request a seatbelt extension from our Flight Attendant. Only one seatbelt extension may be used, and only seatbelt extensions provided by Southwest Airlines are approved for use onboard our aircraft. (underline emphasis mine).

This product has been made with the IATA (International Air Transport Association) guidelines in mind. For those airlines which specify only certain brands of seat extenders can be used, in my opinion, I think this one will be added to their lists.

My mother is around 280-300 pounds and 5'6" (130-135kg, 1.67m). I am concerned that she might be asked at the airport to buy a second seat. If it's likely I would rather just buy the second seat in advance, because I don't want her to be embarassed/humiliated by some random employee. As well, I won't be there, they will be travelling alone and aren't used to dealing with airports and they won't know what their rights are.

Recently watched a show on TLC called My 600-lb Life and a lady who was 661 lbs. was shown flying on a US based flight on an unmentioned airline (although it appears to be a Southwest plane seat) and who required three seats with a belt extender. If one is of this size or smaller, it would seem that accommodations exist for one to fly.

I've flown Southwest for years and never had an issue until my last trip I got home from yesterday. I'm a big girl 5'6 and close to 400 ( working on it) and usually fly 1-2 times a year. I've actually lost weight since the last time I flew. I generally ask for a seatbelt extender and I'm good and I can get the arm rests down... its tight but it works. Last Saturday though I was sitting at the gate waiting for my flight when I was loudly humiliated by a Southwest supervisor telling me very loudly and classlessly that I needed an additional seat to fly with them ... they did not charge me for the extra seat but the humiliation of that moment and flight I will never recover from. It was terrible. Which is what brought me to this page. Others mentioned it but seeing if the airline has policies about it is helpful but also totally depends on your body shape too. Sounds like your mom is smaller than me and I've literally never had an issue until last week. 041b061a72


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