Spirit Airlines Tells Passenger To Stand During Flight
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into the incident.
"I was in an aisle seat and I clearly didn't fit into the seat at all," Brooks Anderson, who is 6'7", tells ABC News. "I couldn't even stuff myself in there."
Anderson, 25, says Spirit's coach seat on the Airbus A321 was the tiniest he has encountered. He says he would have been in physical pain if he had to stay in the seat with his knees jammed up for the 2 ½-hour flight.
Before the flight took off, Anderson, who was seated in the back of the plane, says he asked a flight attendant if he could keep his knees in the aisle and was told no. Then he asked to move to an exit row seat, but those were already occupied.
So he asked if he could stand for the flight, at least when the seatbelt sign was off, and says he was told that would be okay.
Anderson says if he hadn't been told yes he would have considered getting off the plane.
Travel expert John DiScala, aka JohnnyJet, tells ABC that Anderson should have done his homework and realized the low cost carrier has smaller than average seats.
"That would be the last airline I would book if I were 6'7"," DiScala says.
Anderson admits he didn't check out Spirit's seat size before he checked in. For his flight home, he was able to get an exit row seat.
FAA spokesperson Les Dorr tells ABC they are "aware of the incident and are investigating." He adds, "the provision in the regulation is that if the seat belt sign is lit, everyone has to have their seatbelt on."
Anderson says he hopes to speak with the FAA about the incident.
"I think that's something that we need to bring up because...other people out there are as tall as me," he says.
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