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Overweight Woman's Public Discussion About Her Flight Anxiety

"I have to get on a plane & I am fat."

Overweight Woman's Public Discussion About Her Flight Anxiety

A simple tweet about a self-confessed overweight woman's anxiety about catching a flight has sent her twitter feed into meltdown.

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Her initial tweet was then followed up by "live tweets" of her experience, in her own words, "...flying as a fat person".

Here's just a sample of how the thread went.

 

Heartbreakingly, she also comments on how her body shape is discussed when flying... either in her presence or not.

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It's clearly an ongoing issue and crusade for her. This from her Facebook page.

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Obviously, this is more related to the cutthroat nature of the domestic airlines in the USA, but her tweet and discussion has obviously touched a nerve. With anyone and everyone in the world. In a blog she wrote, she describes her anxiety when she finds out she has to travel for work.

My heart is pounding and my breath is tightening. I close my eyes, feel my feet on the ground and my breath in my throat, trying desperately to avoid the embarrassment of a full-blown panic attack at work. I will have to get on a plane. And I am fat.

- @yrfatfriend

 

Who can tell whether her very public display will make a difference. But she's at least got the conversation started.


Written by: @dantheinternut

 

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