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Passenger Forced To Stand For 7 hours On U.S. Airways Flight Because Of 400-POUND Man

DAILYMAIL.COM - A passenger had to stand during a seven-hour flight after a morbidly obese man sitting next to him made it impossible to get into his seat.

Arthur Berkowitz said his 400lb neighbor on US Airways Flight 901 from Anchorage to Philadelphia spilled over into his personal space.

He was not able to sit in his seat, could not move elsewhere in the aircraft because it was full and was therefore forced to stand up.

Mr Berkowitz also claims his ordeal in July presented a safety risk because he could not use his seatbelt during take-off and landing.

'I didn't fly from Alaska to Philadelphia on Flight 901,' Mr Berkowitz told consumer advocate Christopher Elliot's blog. ‘I stood.'

'His size required both armrests to be raised up and allowed for his body to cover half of my seat,' he told the website, elliott.org.

The flight from Anchorage to Philadelphia is one of the longest non-stop U.S. domestic flights and Mr Berkowitz thought he had a spare seat at first.

But before the door closed the airline asked a late-boarding passenger who weighed 400lbs to sit down next to him in the last empty seat.

Flight attendants whom he told about the problem said they could not help him as he was not allowed to sit in their jump seats.

‘They were sympathetic, but could not do anything,' he told elliott.org. ‘No other seats existed on plane.'

Mr Berkowitz claims they admitted their gate agent had made an error in allowing the passenger to board without having bought two seats.

US Airways has since apologized for the 'regrettable' incident. A statement said: 'Our intention is to offer the best travel experience possible. Click here to read more

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