Last year several airlines revised their policies concerning "passengers of size" or "passengers requiring extra space" - namely, those of us who do not fit comfortably into a 17-inch wide airplane seat. For many airlines, the ability to fasten a seat belt properly is critical. Some airlines allow passengers to use a seat belt extender as well as the seat belt itself.
But just how long is your airplane's seat belt? How will you know if you need an extender?
You can, of course, look on your airline's website, but you will probably not be able to find the information you need. You can also email your airline. To find out more about how this process works, I contacted the largest airlines in North America (national airlines and some regional airlines) and asked them how long their seat belts and extenders are. I have compiled the answers I received, and I'll continue to update this information as it trickles in.
Your airline is always the best resource, of course, but you may find our airplane seat belt length information helpful.
Photo © A. Carlos Herrera