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on 12 January 2012
Being a bit of a large lad I often needed to ask for an extension belt. Strangely enough it has always been on the return journey! And no it wasn't down to, too much eating on holiday but more to do with a different aircraft. On a flight back from Malaga just before Christmas I asked for an extension as usual but the Purser said I would have to move seats as I was in an emergency exit row. This I couldn't understand, what did that have to do with using a belt extension? However he then went on to explain that the emergency exit door weighs 42 kilos and he wasn't sure that I could manage it! The guy on the end of the row looked at the size of me and said to the Purser "if he can't what chance do the rest of us stand". I got my extension. However, at that point I decided to buy my own seat belt extender. At Christmas we flew to Mallorca and the outbound seat belt presented no problem. But as usual inbound I needed the extension and my purchase came into its own. Easy to carry in my trouser pocket, discrete to use and it made for a very comfortable flight home. I recommend it to all those who are somewhat challenged in the waist area.
Update on my story: A friend of mine who is a BA stewardess told me the Purser got it slightly wrong. The reason for moving the passenger away from the emergency exit door is because it is assumed, if you need a seat belt extender, you are too big to get through the exit. Believe me, if I needed to get through that gap I bl***y well would!
UPDATE April 2016 - I note from some of the reviews here that airlines don't like you using your own extender and to some extent I sympathise with them. Since I purchased mine I have always taken the trouble to keep it discrete from airline staff. I do this by allowing my shirt tail to cover part of the belt, usually the right hand side, thus hiding one of the buckles. The remaining part of the belt and the other buckle I leave clearly on display so they can check on their pass through the cabin. I hope this helps and I would welcome any comments.