An American Airlines passenger is asking the company for “reparations” after tweeting that she was “sandwiched” between two “obese people” on a three-hour flight.
Sydney Watson, who describes herself as an Australian/American political commentator, posted on Twitter on Monday that she was “literally – WEDGED between two HARD people on my flight.”
“This is absolutely NOT acceptable or okay. If fat people want to be fat, fine. But it’s quite another if I’m stuck between you, with your arm on my body, for 3 hours,” Watson said.
In the tweet thread, Watson said, “If you need a seat belt extender, you’re TOO THICK TO BE ON A PLANE.”
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“Buy two seats or don’t fly,” added Watson.
Watson said the flight attendant on the plane “asked me 4 times if I needed anything” and gave her the “this is a damn shame” expression.
According to Watson, a brother asked one of the women she was sitting next to if he wanted to “swap seats.”
“He says, ‘No. It doesn’t matter :)’ … and then I started screaming inside,” Watson said.
“I don’t care if this is mean. My whole body is being touched against my will right now. I can’t even put the armrests down on either side because there’s no room. I’m tired of pretending to be fat to this extent is normal. Let me assure you, it is not,” she said.
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American Airlines Airplane (AP)
After calling American Airlines, the company tweeted, “Our passengers come in all different sizes and shapes. We’re sorry you weren’t comfortable on your flight.”
“Holy s–t,” Watson said of American Airlines’ response to her experience.
“This is really their official response to me being sandwiched between two obese people,” Watson said. “So I’m expected to only have a quarter of a seat when I fly? I just experienced sweating, being touched without my consent, being punched in the face and having no personal space for hours. And your response is essentially ‘unfortunate’? Is that what I’m getting here?” said Watson.
At one point during the flight, Watson said she chose to close my tray table and hold my cup of tea between my teeth because it stings her belly and I can’t get it down properly.
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An American Airlines fighter jet at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Travel experts say it’s usually safer to book flights directly through the airlines than through a third-party supplier. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Responding to media coverage of her experience, Watson said she stands behind “everything I’ve said” and tweeted, “I’d like some reparations.”
Fox News has contacted American Airlines and Watson for further comment.
Adam Sabes is a writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Adam.Sabes@fox.com and on Twitter @asabes10.