It was standing room only for one unlucky flier, who says he was forced to stand for more than two hours during a Spirit Airlines flight because he was too tall to fit into his seat.
On a flight from Chicago to Fort Myers, Fla., Brooks Anderson realized that he wasn't just too tall to slide into the airline's small coach seat comfortably; at 6 feet, 7 inches, he was too tall to fit in it at all.
"I was in an aisle seat, and I clearly didn't fit into the seat at all," Anderson, 25, told ABC News. "I couldn't even stuff myself in there."
Anderson said it was painful to try to sit because the metal part of the seat in front of him was digging into his knees. Flight attendants wouldn't let him stick his legs into the aisle, and no passengers in the exit rows volunteered to switch seats. So Anderson took a stand. Literally.
The lanky passenger asked the crew if he could stand for the 2 1/2-hour flight, so he at least wouldn't be in physical pain.
"I said, 'I need to do something about this, is it OK if I stand after the seat belt sign is turned off?'" Anderson said he asked a flight attendant. "She said it was OK."
Fortunately, the flight was smooth. But Anderson didn't love the experience. "It's like being in a subway car for 2 1/2 hours, which is awful," he said.
According to ABC News, Spirit Airlines seats have slightly less room, on average, than seats on other carriers. The airline does offer seats with more leg room, but customers can expect to pay extra for them.
In a statement to AOL News today, Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson said Anderson could have purchased a roomier "Big Front Seat."
"Our website clearly shows our seating options before a customer finalizes their purchase, including options for exit rows and Big Front Seats for those customers who prefer additional legroom," she said. "Spirit has spoken with the customer and explained the various seating options. The customer declined to purchase a seat assignment. However, we did give them exit row seats at no charge on their return flight."
Anderson said he plans to take the issue up with the Federal Aviation Administration.
"There's got to be a way to curb the shrinking of seats ... and make it reasonable for me to fly," he told ABC.
Anderson could not be located for comment.
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