Man Told To Stand On Spirit Flight

CHICAGO (WBBM) — A Spirit Airlines passenger says he stood for most of a holiday flight from Chicago because he is too tall to comfortably fit into a seat.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports, 6-foot 7-inch Brooks Anderson, 25, was taking a Spirit Airlines flight from Chicago to Fort Myers, Fla., to see his family for Christmas.

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But Anderson says he couldn’t fit comfortably in his coach seat. He was trying to squeeze his knees under his chin.

Anderson says the flight attendants wouldn’t let him stick his knees in the aisle, so he was told to sit with the attendants at a tray table.

When that proved too uncomfortable, he was told to stand in the aisle, which he did for 2 1/2 hours. He had to dodge people going to the restroom.

ABC News says Spirit has seats with slightly less leg room than other airlines, but passengers can spend an extra $45 for a little bit more.

  • jeffrey byer

    the aisles need to be cleared. if the attendants had a seat in first class they should have allowed it.otherwise let the dude stand or buy a better seat.

  • Lynn Urlaub

    Another reason why I will NEVER FLY AGAIN. The airlines can all go to He)). They stopped caring about the passengers years ago.

  • Craig Sturdivant

    Jeffery there is no first class seating on Spirit, but they do have the “Big Front Seats” which give you more leg room. Those are the only seats I get on Spirit when I fly them. I try not to fly them as much as possible as they nickle and dime you to death.

  • Kelly

    When this story ran earlier today, he was only 6’6″ and the Big Front Seats were only a $25 upcharge. Wonder which one is true?

    • Don

      I just made a round trip from Haiti to Chicago. The large seats are $15 if you are a $9 club member from Haiti to Ft Lauderdale but $50 from FLL to Chicago. I do not know how tall the guy is but there are very few large seats on the Chicago leg. The coach seats do no recline, there is no leg room, and the seats are too small. I am 6’2″ and the flight was 3hours and 18 minutes of pure hell. The FAA should pass some seating rules for the airlines

  • Roberta Waker

    If he has flown before, he KNOWS he needs more leg room and should have paid extra for it. A co-worker was 6’4″ and was always allowed to fly first class because of his height. Since Spirit doesn’t offer first class, he needed to upgrade or fly another airline. Bet he sues the airlines for this experience; maybe he did this on purpose, especially if he has flown before.

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