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United airways seat belt length

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DuffyMoon Wed 02-Apr-14 13:03:30

am going to America for first time and I am panicking about the length of the seatbelt as am a fat git. I keep reading these lists where all the other airline belts are 40 odd inches and UA's are 31 inches !!!!! I could stop eating now and still wouldn�t fit in 31 inches.

I went on Jet2 last year and was fine�and yes, I know there is a way I could stop all this but I just wondered if anyone had flown UA and noticed

Thank you smile

mummymeister Wed 02-Apr-14 14:28:41

ring them up and ask them on their customer services line. if they think there might be a problem they have seat belt extensions. by telling them in advance it means there is one there for you. saves any embarrassment after you have boarded.

givemeaclue Wed 02-Apr-14 14:32:32

Good luck with that, United are dire at customer service (bitter after being stranded by them)

AttilaTheMeerkat Wed 02-Apr-14 14:57:59

From UA's website:-

The average length of the seatbelt extension is approximately 25 inches

Tinkerball Wed 02-Apr-14 14:59:23

Sorry yes they do seem small to me! I flew United last September to New York, I'm a size 24 and I really struggled to get it clipped unfortunately. Once on I put it under my tummy for comfort and kept it on! I then flew to London with BA in December dreading it - and it was absolutely fine!

DuffyMoon Wed 02-Apr-14 15:26:23

Crap ... I am 24/26 ... Could I ask your waist size tinkerball, though will understand if you tell me to bugger off ;)

Tinkerball Wed 02-Apr-14 16:21:50

I'm not sure what it is actually, too big obviously! I remember dreading needing the loo as I had the struggle to get it back in, looking like a contortionist in the process.

Longdistance Wed 02-Apr-14 16:25:41

You'll get given an extension seat belt. Or you can ask for one. They are used for babies too.

Germgirl Wed 02-Apr-14 16:36:30

I'm a fat git. (I'm NOT saying you are btw) & there's no way I can use any airlines seatbelt without an extension. To avoid the embarrassment of asking for one I bought one on eBay.
About a tenner. Well worth it IMO.

Tinkerball Wed 02-Apr-14 23:25:39

Germgirl - thank you, I never thought of buying one! We are planning on going to New York with United in December and I might need this.

DuffyMoon Thu 03-Apr-14 16:39:05

I have a feeling that you are not allowed to use your own seatbelt extenders anymore... has anyone been on a jet2 and United? I realise this venn diagram might be quite small though - can fit Jet2 a-ok

DuffyMoon Thu 03-Apr-14 19:47:09


Longdistance Thu 03-Apr-14 20:26:43

I wouldn't buy one, when the airline gives you one for free.

If it's with United, I don't know if it's FAA approved. Not sure with any Uk airlines as they follow CAA rules.

Personally, I wouldn't bother, as an airline will provide you with an extension seat belt.

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