LibsOfTikTok founder Chaya Raichik calls out ‘massive obese guy’ who took up half her seat while gorging on cheeseburgers and fries on Southwest Airlines flight, leaving her ‘squished into the corner’


LibsOfTikTok founder Chaya Raichik criticized Southwest Airlines for allowing a man to violate their rules and sit in half their seat on a Sunday afternoon flight.

Southwest has been criticized in the past for what critics call a 'ridiculous' policy that gives free seats to overweight passengers to accommodate their size.

However, Raichik – a viral sensation on social media, especially among conservatives – pointed out that the culprit had only purchased a seat and was breaking company rules by encroaching on his space.

'I'm sitting in the corner on a flight because this huge, fat guy is taking half my seat,' she wrote on X Sunday.

'I paid for the entire seat, not half. “He is violating @SouthwestAir's own policies,” Raichick added.

LibsOfTikTok founder Chaya Raichik criticized Southwest Airlines for allowing a man to violate their rules and sit in half their seat on a Sunday afternoon flight.

LibsOfTikTok founder Chaya Raichik criticized Southwest Airlines for allowing a man to violate their rules and sit in half their seat on a Sunday afternoon flight.

Raichik – a viral sensation on social media, especially among conservatives – explained that the culprit had only purchased a seat and was breaking company rules by encroaching on his space.

Raichik – a viral sensation on social media, especially among conservatives – explained that the culprit had only purchased a seat and was breaking company rules by encroaching on his space.

'I'm sitting in the corner on a flight because this huge, fat guy is taking half my seat,' she wrote on X Sunday.

'I'm sitting in the corner on a flight because this huge, fat guy is taking half my seat,' she wrote on X Sunday.

He posted several photos, in which a man's foot is seen moving towards Raichik's seat on the flight.

'This is not normal or appropriate. If you don't fit in one seat you need to buy two seats,' she said before asking Company X's account what they could do about it.

She released more photos and claimed that the problems with her seatmate were not just limited to his weight, but also his neglect of food and littering the little space they already had.

“Dude was also stuffing cheeseburgers and fries down his throat and he threw his shit on the floor,” Raichik wrote. 'Disgusting fat slut.'

After contacting the company account via direct message, he posted again in an attempt to make peace.

'While we can't hit the “rewind button” and go back to fix what happened, our hope is that we'll have the opportunity to welcome you back to enjoy a more friendly experience,'' he said. Wrote before giving away $150 voucher. Flying into the future.

Raichik was not impressed by the offer and said her experience with the airline was overall poor.

'Sucks because I will never fly @SouthwestAir again. And even if I did, it wouldn't be enough compensation for it. I have only flown Southwest 3 times in my life as a last resort. Never again.'

She also released more photos and claimed that the problems with her seatmate were not just limited to his weight

She also released more photos and claimed that the problems with her seatmate were not just limited to his weight

After contacting the company's account via direct message, Raichik posted again in an attempt to make peace

After contacting the company's account via direct message, Raichik posted again in an attempt to make peace

Raichik was not impressed by the offer and said her experience with the airline had been poor overall

Raichik was not impressed by the offer and said her experience with the airline had been poor overall

He concluded by adding further thoughts about his terrible time flying with Southwest.

“I hope I never fly Southwest again, not because of this incident in particular,” Raichik said. 'That's because I think it's a terrible airline.'

'As I said, it was only flown a few times – all in extreme conditions. In this case- the options were a normal airline with a long layover or a direct flight from Southwest. I'm starting to lean toward flying a normal airline, even if it means a stopover on flying Southwest, if this kind of scenario plays out again.'

DailyMail.com has contacted a Southwest Airlines spokesperson for comment.

The airline has introduced a 'sizeable customer' policy, which allows overweight passengers, whose body takes up more than one seat on the plane, to get the 'required number of seats' for free.

The policy states that customers who 'encroach on any part of the neighboring seat(s)' may purchase as many additional seats as they wish, which will be refunded upon check-in.

This change has generated mixed reactions among customers.

While some body-positive customers have praised the policy for allowing obese people to travel more easily, critics say it is 'contextualizing' overweight people – and them Gives unfair advantage.

Southwest states in its policy that customers are eligible for free extra seats if any part of their body extends beyond the seat armrest.  Weight and BMI are not taken into account

Southwest states in its policy that customers are eligible for free extra seats if any part of their body extends beyond the seat armrest. Weight and BMI are not taken into account

Kimmy Garris of Nashville, who describes herself as a 'fat solo traveler,' posted a video showing how she hacked her way to free up extra seats ahead of Southwest's new policy.

She notes that the carrier is 'the only airline that allows you to add a second seat at no extra cost, even if the flight is fully booked'

Kimmy Garris of Nashville, who describes herself as a “fat solo traveler” on her TikTok profile, posted a video last October explaining how to use Southwest Airlines' unique “size customer policy.”

Jailyn Chaney, a plus-size travel influencer with nearly 135,000 followers on TikTok, has often advocated for free or larger seats on planes.

Jailyn Chaney, a plus-size travel influencer with nearly 135,000 followers on TikTok, has often advocated for free or larger seats on planes.

On social media, many people have reported that free space is not available for customers who are very tall and need extra legroom, those traveling with medical devices or are wheelchair users.

These groups must pay – often hundreds of dollars – for additional space.

Some have also pointed out that the new rule is likely to worsen the airline's already busy boarding process.

Passengers are unable to book seats ahead of time, often resulting in a scramble for window and aisle seats when customers arrive at the plane.

Southwest's policy states that customers are eligible for a free ticket if any part of their body extends beyond the seat armrest. It reads, 'The armrest is considered the fixed boundary between the seats.' 'If you are unable to lower both armrests and/or cannot encroach on any part of the seat next to you, you need another seat.'

'Our policy does not focus on weight.'

In accordance with medical guidelines, airlines do not ask customers' weight or body mass index (BMI), which determines whether you are overweight or obese.

Kimmy Garris, a TikToker from Nashville who calls herself a “fat solo traveler,” posted a video of herself asking about an airline's policy for obese travelers in October.

In the clip, which has been viewed more than 900,000 times, the customer service agent gives her an extra ticket for the seat next to her.

Raichik said his experience with the incident had been 'terrible', so he was no longer employed by the airline.

Raichik said he had already had a 'terrible' experience with the incident, so he was no longer employed by the airline.

She is then seen boarding the plane and placing her spare ticket on the seat next to her so that no one can sit there.

In the overlaid caption, Ms. Garris says this policy 'should be the industry norm.'

Jaelyn Cheney, a 6XL travel influencer with nearly 135,000 followers on TikTok, has often advocated for free or larger seats on planes.

In an October video, which was viewed nearly 73,000 times, text on the screen read: 'The main thing: Every airline should have a customer of size policy like Southwest Airlines.'

The caption reads, 'If more airlines adopted policies like Southwest Airlines' customer-of-size policy, which offers free or reimbursed extra seats for plus-size passengers who need more space, then Air travel will be much more accessible and friendly for people of larger sizes. ,

Ms Cheney also petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this year asking airlines to end their 'discriminatory' policies and offer free seats to obese passengers.


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