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Obesity and flying. Have a look at Allegiantair . Charge for overweight passengers who cannot sit in one seat. .


While in Indianapolis airport I was struck by an advert by a boarding gate . Essentially the threat was that by not booking in advance it would cost you $50 to take on board a really small carry on item. You can judge for yourself the reasonableness or not below in the photos. However I took a look at their website.

To confuse matters further…….Allegiant is a science fiction novel for young adults, written by the American author Veronica Roth and published by HarperCollins in October 2013.

However I found clear guidance about obesity and flying that put simply means that if you encroach on the next persons seat area then you must buy a second seat. Many might consider that reasonable.

This is essentially what I found

  1. Many customers may choose to use a seatbelt extension but occupy only one seat. These customers would not be asked to purchase an additional seat. If, however, a customer cannot lower the armrest and is unable to comfortably and safely travel with it in the down position, he/she will be required to purchase an additional seat.
  2. Because size can fluctuate, we are unable to give blanket or pre-approved authorization.
  3. The armrest is the definitive gauge, as it serves as the boundary between seats. Customers who are unable to lower the armrest and/or compromise any portion of adjacent seat(s) should proactively book the number of seats needed during the initial booking. Allegiant seats measure 17.8″ from inside of armrest to inside of armrest. Our mission and responsibility per our Contract of Carriage is to provide safe and comfortable air transportation for each and every customer.
  4. Our policy does not focus on weight, and the seatbelt extension is not the determining factor. We use the ability to lower the armrests as the gauge, as the armrests are truly the definitive boundary between each seat.
  5. If you are traveling with a travel companion who doesn’t mind encroachment from the adjacent seatmate, we will allow your companion to occupy the seat adjacent to you, assuming it poses no safety concerns. We will not, however, ask other customers to give up their comfort or the full use of their seat to accommodate a customer of size.

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The Curious Curves and Edges of Indianapolis


Indianapolis is actually an interesting and under rated city, the obvious capital of Indiana. Full of bars and restaurants but maybe lacking a little of that extra excitement that comes with some other large USA cities. Nevertheless a good place to visit. Having today a little time to stroll around and see things in temperatures that at best were freezing and at worst well below with serious wind chill factor to add in.

Some curious things to report. Firstly in this weather the denizens of Indianapolis are being exhorted to sit outside to eat and drink their food and beer, not only that but on the corner of two busy streets.

imssageThen as always there is portion size to consider. Something I clearly did not do well today. A cinnamon roll that could feed a family seemed to fall into a bag and then into my mouth for a mere 2 dollars. Every food item here really is twice the size that the same things are in UK, and often twice as nice too.

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Drains. Not the normal topic of my blog nor frankly my interests but having seen what looked like a large smoke bomb in the street I took a look. Steaming drains. Seems like a quick review of this topic reveals no clear answer here but in New York they channel steam underground . Manhattan has 100 miles of mains and pipes making up the service system there. Public acceptance of steam as a form of energy goes as far back as 1888 when a severe blizzard caused havoc that other forms of heat were quite literally powerless to be used. The first steam plant was also in operation there in 1882 a full 6 years before the first electrical service. As far as Indianapolis goes there seems no clear answer but one presumes steam and not pollution is the reason.

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Do people in USA ever stop eating? Reflections on USA Part 2.


The volume of food continues to amaze me. For example a lunch order of what I understood to be strips of chicken with salad arrived, and it was actually very nice eaten with great company, but it was covered with about half a pound of crumbled blue cheese. So salad yes, healthy option, to impress my dining companion, became a calorific disaster zone from which I may need medications to elevate my HDL. But it does not stop there, oh no. Pots of strange sauces, the one that was earmarked for me looked like a sort of cocktail sauce. Around a litre……I exaggerate , but not by much. And just when I thought this meal size was looking vaguely normal otherwise…..4 bread rolls in a basket. So a salad turns into something you would go to Weightwatchers for a month to try and recuperate from. This lunch meal I did survive. Then around 4 hours later the executive lounge here ( sounds grand but equals free food and drink in UK and only free food here) serves what they term ” Hors D’oeuvres”. Now here I want to show you how the various dictionaries define ” Hors D’oeuvres”. This is your selection:
1. A small savory dish, typically one served as an appetizer at the beginning of a meal.
2.A small bit of appetizing food, as spicy meat, fish, cheese, or a preparation of chopped or creamed foods, often served on crackers or small pieces of toast, for eating at cocktail parties or other gatherings where drinks are served with no other food.
3.An appetizer, as a relish or more elaborate preparation, served before or as the first course of a meal.

So you get the drift. Something small and tasty. OK. Here in JW Marriott the take a different approach, a generous one. Firstly a hugely enthusiastic lady was exhorting me at 5.20 pm to prepare to eat. Not usual in New Malden. The selection was, and I was informed the expectation of the norm was to have everything. Here goes- sliders ( these are mini-burgers maybe 2 is a normal burger, a USA thing but creeping into UK), mini beef wellingtons, spicy humous, various crackers and chips, salads, cheeses, bread and a few litres of dips and sauces. So it is fair to say this concoction does not represent a ” small bit of appetising food”. For me this is good, no need to have an expensive dinner. For others, maybe most here, this really is a prelude to the feast called dinner. So I really do not think that folks here ever stop eating. I think maybe I need to come and live here but would be regarded as “odd” for not consuming 5000 calories a day. So another nice Day. I certainly have one.

A small USA breakfast

A small USA breakfast

Sliders and Beef Wellingtons

Sliders and Beef Wellingtons

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