Janet Street-Porter says tall people shouldn’t get ‘special treatment’ on planes

Janet Street-Porter tells Loose Women that tall people shouldn’t get ‘special treatment’ on planes and should pay more for their clothes after travel influencers called on airlines to treat them ‘like people’. humans”

  • Loose Women star Janet Street-Porter says we’ve ‘normalized’ being taller
  • She said she didn’t have “tremendous sympathy” for plus-suze travelers
  • Co-host Katie Piper, 38, challenged Street-Porter for her comments

Janet Street-Porter let Loose Women slip after plus-size influencers spoke out about the uncomfortable aspects of flying.

After influencers wrote about their experiences flying as fatter passengers, which is often very difficult, the reporter said the UK had “normalized being overweight”.

Kirsty Leanne, a British travel blogger who is a size 26, recently wrote an essay for Tyla in which she opened up about the difficulties of flying at her size.

She said: “I can feel everyone’s eyes on me as I anxiously walk down the aisle.

“I can see they’re all thinking ‘I hope they don’t sit next to me’ as I carefully walk past, bag in hand, looking for my seat number.”

She called on airlines to “treat us like humans” when designing planes.

Responding to calls, Street-Porter said: “If you expect airlines to make special arrangements for overweight people, I don’t have a huge amount of sympathy for you.”

The outspoken presenter added that the UK has “a food problem” – although she understood that some people ate too much due to mental health issues.

“I accept that some people eat like an addiction, it’s a mental health crisis and there are medical reasons for overweight people,” she said.

Our reporter Janet Street-Porter argued that tall people shouldn't expect a

Our reporter Janet Street-Porter argued that tall people shouldn’t expect ‘special treatment’ when traveling because of their weight

Model Katie Piper, 38, clashed with her co-host and argued that 'humiliating' people could make them worse if they have mental health issues

Model Katie Piper, 38, clashed with her co-host and argued that ‘humiliating’ people could make them worse if they have mental health issues

Kirsty, a travel influencer, recently wrote about her experiences flying and the pressure she feels when a size 26 woman gets on a plane

Kirsty, a travel influencer, recently wrote about her experiences flying and the pressure she feels when a size 26 woman gets on a plane

However, the presenter added that she would never expect ‘special treatment’ for her size on a flight.

She said: ‘At 15 I was 6ft tall when I left for my first Costa Brava package holiday and didn’t expect special treatment as I was crammed like a stick insect into a tiny seat . ”

Street-Porter said she accepts that there are many “challenges” associated with being overweight.

However, she added: “To expect airlines to help you for the same price as people who are not overweight is a big ask.”

Fellow Loose Woman Katie Piper said she was going “one-on-one” with her co-star and said the influencer was “brilliant” for warning other plus-size people of the dangers of flying.

She said it was “completely humiliating” for many people to travel by plane, whether they were disabled, overweight or had additional needs.

Piper, 38, added: “Shaming people and making them feel worse could send someone lower and into a new spiral.”

The model and mother-of-two said she wants airlines to install larger seats specifically for tall passengers to make their experience more comfortable.

She also argued that other places could accommodate taller people, including ambulances and hospitals.

Street Porter hit back and claimed we had “normalized being overweight”.

She said: “As a country we have one of the biggest weight issues in Europe and we’ve kind of normalized it.”

“We’ve banned the word ‘fat’ and we’re using the word ‘fat’…It’s almost like we’re sidestepping the issue.

Street Porter was also aimed at people who wear larger clothes.

When Piper said, “Should tall people pay more for their clothes because it’s more fabric?”

Street Porter replied, “Yes.”

However, the model held that airplanes, and society in general, should “welcome members of society and support them as we would anyone else”.

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