Kenlie Tiggeman says Southwest Airlines told her and her mother they’d need to buy four tickets instead of two to board a flight. (Photo: CBS 2)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Southwest Airlines has apologized to a mother and daughter who said they got rough treatment at the airport.
Kenlie Tiggeman, a 30-year-old political strategist and weight loss blogger in New York City, said it was humiliating, being told she was too fat to fly, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.
“It was rude. It was in front of lots of people,” said Tiggeman, who’s originally from New Orleans.
Tiggeman said the incident happened in Dallas over Easter. She and her mother were told by a gate agent they each had to purchase two seats.
“And said that we were, in fact, too fat to fly, without an additional ticket,” Tiggeman said.
Yet, this was a return flight, and they hadn’t been stopped before. The gate agent said it was policy.
“I was asked what size clothes, and how much I weigh. I gave answers in front of a gate full of people, some of whom were snickering,” Tiggeman said.
Tiggeman, who once weighed 393 pounds, is down to 268 pounds.
A spokeswoman for Southwest said: “If a passenger cannot fit in a seat with the armrests down, a second seat must be purchased. If the flight is not full, that added charge will be refunded.”
But Tiggeman said she does fit in a seat.