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Airline Travel Recommendations for Plus-Size Passengers

Monday, 23 July 2012 03:19 by Mandy

Flight is an amazing experience. You’re soaring majestically over the earth towards your destination in a matter of hours. Unfortunately, air travel itself can be extremely stressful, from getting through the airport to boarding the plane. For the plus-size traveler, the airplane experience can be something else entirely, so here are a few recommendations to keep you comfortable.

Booking Your Flight

Your entire experience starts when you book your flight. Make sure you choose an airline that is friendly to plus-size individuals. Try to avoid busy times. Red eye flights are less likely to be full, leaving more space for you to travel in comfort. 

Most airlines will enforce the purchase of a second seat under the general rule that you must be able to lower both arm rests and fasten the seat belt using one extender. Some airlines will offer the second seat at the lowest possible fare with refunds if the flight is not full. Check with your airline before you purchase your ticket.

If you need to purchase a second seat for comfort, most airlines require that book directly through a reservation agent, instead of on the website. This ensures that you select the correct seat.

Another option would be to book a seat in premium, economy plus, or first class. The seats in these sections tend to be bigger, though the arm rests in first class do not go up between seats.

Window or Aisle

Request a seat assignment for the window or aisle seat. A window seat offers a little more shoulder room, while aisles provide more room for hips and shoulders. Avoid bulkhead seats, which offer more room for your legs but don’t have moveable arm rests. Furthermore, the tray tables for bulkhead seats come directly out of the armrests across your lap.

Consider choosing an aisle seat where the outside armrests are moveable, making it easier for you to slide into your seat.

Before Your Flight

When you make your reservations, make sure you inform the booking agent if you need any special services, which might include an attendant, a wheelchair, or the airport tram. It’s also a long walk from check-in to the gates. Take advantage of any services that will get you around quickly and comfortably.

Use the airport restroom before you board the plane. When booking your trip, ask if the plane has handicapped facilities. If not you may consider changing your plans to fly on a plane that has an accessible restroom.


Squeezing into the center aisle of a plane is hard for everyone, big or small, especially when the plane is already brimming with people. Ask your gate agent if you can pre-board the plane with the other passengers that need that extra bit of time boarding. Most gate agents should be more than accommodating, but if he or she asks, just tell them honestly that you’re a large person who needs the extra time and room to board.

As you’re boarding, ask a flight attendant for a seat belt extension. Don’t wait until the flight attendant is demonstrating safety procedures. If you’re a frequent flyer, consider purchasing a seat belt extender to save yourself the trouble.

During the Flight

Try to stay as comfortable as possible. If you are sitting next to someone, smile and make small talk. 

The tray table directly in front of you may not work for you, even in Executive/first class, in which case you should use the table in front of your second seat.


Once your plane lands, everyone will be in a rush to get up and get out of there. Hang back. Let just about everyone around you leave first. You’ll see them again at the baggage carousel anyway. This gives you ample room and ample time to get your overhead bags and head out.

Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. From getting off the plane to getting to the carousels, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Airport staff are more than happy to bring you a wheelchair or scooter or assign an attendant. Airports will help you all the way to the curb, going so far as to get you a cab service.  If you want even more convenience stop by Airport Parking Connection and reserve your airport parking spot today!  

$10 JFK Airport Parking in August - Park Plus Airport Parking

Friday, 20 July 2012 06:32 by Mandy

New York parking can be a major hassle, but parking at John F. Kennedy International Airport doesn't have to be.  Park Plus Airport Parking at JFK is offering a rate of only $10 for the month of August during their Grand Opening on Airport Parking Connection.  Search online today for great rates, free shuttles, and extra services while you are away.  If you are flying out of EWR, Park Plus Airport Parking can also take care of of your vehicle in Newark.  Don't wait, reserve now and save!

Chicago O'Hare Airport Parking Tip

Thursday, 19 July 2012 01:28 by Mandy

Flying out of Chicago O'Hare International Airport just got a whole lot easier.  Blue Sky Airport Parking is now offering airport parking reservations out of ORD.  Starting at $8 a day with full service valet and self parking options, you can get to the airport with ease! Blue Sky Airport Parking is located 5 minutes from ORD airport, open 24 hours a day, and a free shuttle.  Have your car ready warm or cool with an option of a car wash while you are away.  Stop by Airport Parking Connection and check out all that Blue Sky ORD Airport Parking has to offer!  Happy Travels!

LAX Parking Made Easy at Courtyard LAX/El Segundo

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 05:48 by Mandy

Searching for a parking space at LAX doesn't have to be so hard and expensive!  Reserve your next LAX airport parking online with Airport Parking Connection for the Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo hotel.  Park for $10.00 a day, and get a free shuttle ride to Los Angeles International Airport.  Stop by Airport Parking Connection and visit the more details section for the Courtyard LAX.  Don't waste time and hassle driving in circles, reserve now and get to LAX hassle free!  

LAX Airport Parking Tips

Monday, 16 July 2012 03:04 by Mandy

Do you loath getting lost in the busy traffic of travelers, taxi’s and shuttle busses all trying to funnel into a few lanes at the airport entrance? Or my personal favorite, lugging your suitcase across the entire parking lot and terminal because the only available parking spot was on the other end of the airport! Perhaps for you it’s getting stuck in those long exit lines when the only thing you want to do after your travels is go home and lay in your own bed. Whatever your pet peeve may be we all have them when it comes to the frustrations of airport parking and even more so when we are talking about a large busy airport like LAX.

Los Angeles is the third largest metropolitan city in the US and LAX is the 8th busiest airport in the world, with numbers like these it is easy to see how your on time schedule can quickly turn into a missed flight schedule; and with airfares and fees climbing who can afford to miss their flight? This is why using Airport Parking Connection comes in handy when trying to avoid the displeasures of parking at the airport, with top notch partners like QuikPark LAX and Airport Center parking your car and getting to your terminal is a convenient breeze. With 24/7 business hours and shuttle services to and from the airport, covered parking, close proximity (about a block) to the airport, great low rates and friendly employee’s to help you with loading and unloading your luggage why would you want to park anywhere else? So leave behind the cold impartial customer service and hassle at the airport parking structures for the friendlier and more customer service oriented pastures of QuikPark LAX and Airport Parking Center, we think you'll find that the grass really is greener on this side. Remember to book in advance online with Airport Parking Connection and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive special promotion codes for discounts on parking for your next trip.