A message from Hannah Fuhlendorf, MA, LPC:
In case you don’t know, airlines have been making their seats smaller and smaller for many years now to try to get as many fares as possible out of each flight. Most airline seats are only 16 inches wide. It’s estimated that only 20% of the population can comfortably fit in a seat that size.
That means the VAST majority of people either can’t utilize air travel at all or do so in a state of great physical and emotional discomfort or outright pain.
If you think this doesn’t affect you... I would say it doesn’t affect you *yet* but I know for sure that it actively harms people you know and love. So you should care.
Preparing for air travel is one of the biggest issues I work on with clients. Most of my clients experience severe anxiety and/or panic attacks for days, weeks, or months leading up to a flight. The painfully small seats and all of the many problems that come with them are the main reason why.
This is something I’ve experienced many times. I’ve had full blown panic attacks leading up to flights and on flights because I felt so claustrophobic, was in intense pain because the arm rests were cutting into my hips, and the seats are so small that my body inevitably intrudes on the space of others and I can feel their anger toward me even though I have done literally nothing wrong.
So if you think you don’t know anyone who his affects, you do. It’s me.
So save that link and make a comment next week.