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American Airlines Policy for Portly Passengers

American Airlines Policy for Portly Passengers


Seat Sizes

American Airlines provides passengers with a detailed database on seat sizes via their website, however, the average economy seat is between 17 and 18 inches.

Seat Belts

Seat belts are measured approximately 45 inches long, but there is no given information about the average length of an extender belt.

It’s best to ask a flight attendant for an extender upon boarding and they will discreetly hand one to you once seated.

Policy for Overweight Passengers

American Airlines seating policy for overweight passengers states “if a customer’s body extends more than 1 inch beyond the outermost edge of the armrest and a seat belt extension is needed, another seat is required” – American Airlines Special Assistance Information 












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