Flying isn’t the most comfortable experience as a plus size person, however I think I have found the best airline for overweight passengers. It does come at a little bit of a price tag, but let me explain why I will choose Norwegian to fly with.
We usually fly long haul to America because we love visiting Disneyworld and Orlando. A long haul flight as a plus size person isn’t the most comfortable experience, and I know it puts many others off flying long haul. Life is too short to miss out on great holidays because you are worried about flying!
Asking for an airline seat belt extender
There is not denying that asking for an airline seat belt extender can be a little bit embarrassing, but no matter what the cabin crew or fellow passengers have thought to themselves, no one has been rude to me. In fact on every airline I have flown with it has been handled discreetly.
If you prefer not to ask the cabin crew for an airline seat belt extender then you can get your own for under £10 on Amazon.
Why Norwegian is the best airline for overweight passengers
Norwegian is the best airline for overweight passengers because of their premium economy cabin. In fact, compared to Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin, Norwegian is much better suited to plus size passengers.
There are a number of reasons, but let’s start off talking about the seat size, including the pitch and leg room.
Norwegian’s premium cabin gives you a generous 43 – 46″ seat pitch and up to 55″ of leg room. This is more than enough space for me (short and round) and Tony (tall and chubs). I feel comfortable for a long haul flight.
There is enough room to get up regularly and comfortably throughout the flight.
The only issue I had was with the tray table, which was about 3″ away from being able to put out during the flight – Tony managed fine. There are really thick arm rests in the cabin which allow you to rest your meal onto it – it is perfect for the boxes they serve the food in.
How much does it cost to fly in Norwegian’s Premium Cabin?
Of course, there is a price to pay when it comes to flying with Norwegian in their Premium cabin.
Whilst prices can cost as little as approximately £129 each way to fly to America (before you pay for luggage or food), you are easily looking at over £400 each way in Norwegian’s premium cabin.
There are some other great benefits for flying Premium with Norwegian though:
- 3 course dinner
- Free drinks throughout the flight (including alcohol)
- Breakfast or a light evening meal depending on when you are flying
- Seat reservation
- 2 checked in bags of 20kg
- Fast track through security at selected airport
- Lounge access at selected airports
Having a very uncomfortable flight in Virgin’s economy for my 30th birthday I will always try to travel in Norwegian’s premium economy now.