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She didn’t like their one-belt-fits-all policy.
A plus-size model is going viral after shaming Delta for allegedly having “scrawny” seatbelts that apparently don’t fit around her waist. A video of Remi Bader failing to buckle the airline’s safety harness currently boasts nearly 1 million views on TikTok .
“Delta, figure it out!” wrote Bader in the subtitle to the clip, which she posted Sunday for her 2.1 million followers.
In her latest clip, the fashionista can be seen failing to fasten the airline’s seatbelt around her lap. She captioned it: “And no I shouldn’t need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy! @delta.”
The peanut gallery agreed seemed to second her assessment with one fan writing: “Eeek. Everyone praises delta too. Being a size 14 should not warrant an extension.”
“YES WHY IS ASKING FOR AN EXTENDER EVEN A THING JUST MAKE THE BELTS MORE ACCOMMODATING,” added one defender.
Others offered theories on why the accessory was so constricting. “When the seatbelts get damaged, they trim them instead of replacing the whole thing,” postulated one armchair traveler. “This is why the length is so inconsistent.”
According to travel review site the Points Guy , Delta’s seatbelts range in size from 40 to 45 inches. That’s shorter than American Airlines’ and JetBlue’s belts, which measure from 45 to 47 inches and 45 inches, respectively, but still longer than Southwest’s belt, which clocks in at just 39 inches.
Nonetheless, Bader claimed in an October video that Delta’s new planes have “way shorter seatbelts than they did before.” In the clip, the TikToker recounted “freaking out” after not being able to fasten her belt during takeoff.
The flustered flyer said that when she confronted the flight attendant about the problem, she was told to ask for an extender, a device that adds around 35 inches to a seatbelt. This suggestion reportedly made Bader feel “embarrassed” and like there is “clearly something wrong with me.”
“Just make longer seatbelts, why is this an issue?” she fumed in the clip, which also garnered loads of sympathy online.
Bader is perhaps best known for filming herself doing try-on hauls of popular brands from Zara to Abercrombie & Fitch. The model recently collaborated with Revolve on a size-inclusive clothing line slated to launch this fall, Yahoo reported .
However, viewers sympathized far less with the plight of another plus-size flyer and travel blogger, Kirsty Leanne who filmed herself struggling to fit in a plane seat. Many critics even suggested that she buy two tickets or forgo flying altogether.
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Influencer Remi Bader has called out Delta Airlines for its seatbelt sizes in a video showing her unable to buckle the safety harness.
Bader, a plus-size model and body positivity content creator, shared her concern with the airline in a video posted to TikTok this week.
In the clip, it shows Bader sitting in her seat of the plane and holding one side of the seatbelt, which she is unable to fasten to the other.
“Delta. Figure it out!” Bader wrote in the text caption on the clip, adding in the caption: “And no I shouldn’t need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy! @delta .”
As of Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 957,000 times, with many of Bader’s viewers outraged on her behalf.
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“Yes, why is asking for an extender even a thing just make the belts more accommodating,” one viewer wrote in all capital letters.
Another said: “What the hell, this is so wrong. Come on people,” while someone else wrote: “This is why I am always so nervous to fly.”
“This is such a traumatic experience. I was too embarrassed to ask for an extender when it happened to me,” someone else revealed.
The video also prompted viewers to share their own experiences struggling with airline seatbelt sizes, with one person recalling how they’d asked for an extender the last time they flew with the airline and were told by a flight attendant that they didn’t have any.
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“I was asked to move from the exit row once because I needed an extender. Apparently an extender means you’re unable to open the exit door,” someone else wrote.
According to travel reviewer The Points Guy , Delta’s seatbelts range in size from 40 to 45 inches, while other airlines such as American Airlines and JetBlue have longer seatbelts, ranging from 45 to 47 inches and 45 inches, respectively.
Airlines such as Southwest have shorter seatbelts, according to the travel expert, which notes that the airline’s seatbelts are 39 inches. Most of the airlines do offer an extender, however, which typically adds 25 inches to the seatbelt.
This is not the first time that Bader has called out Delta for its seatbelt length, as she previously created a TikTok about the airline in October 2021, where she discussed a similar negative experience.
According to Bader, who acknowledged that she prefers the airline, Delta’s new planes have “way shorter seatbelts than they did before,” with the TikToker revealing that she couldn’t buckle the seatbelt around her body and was “freaking out” during takeoff.
In the video, Bader then recalled how she’d asked a flight attendant about the issue, at which point she was informed that she could ask for an extender. While Bader said she didn’t know that was a possibility, she said that she later received numerous messages from her followers about the embarrassment they feel when they have to ask for the extension after she recounted her experience on Instagram.
Bader revealed that she also felt self-conscious in the moment, with the influencer recalling how she’d started to feel “embarrassed” and like there is “clearly something wrong with me”.
The TikToker concluded the video acknowledging that “there’s some things in life that are just so simple,” and that she thinks making sure seatbelts accommodate all airline passengers is one of them.
“Just make longer seatbelts. Why is this an issue?” she asked, adding that she thinks the problem “needs to change immediately”.
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According to the Delta Professional website , which notes that the airline offers the option of purchasing an extra seat for “personal comfort” during a flight, Delta “does not require a passenger who needs a seatbelt extender or is unable to lower the armrest to purchase an additional seat”. However, the website does add that, in cases where “a passenger impedes on another passenger,” they may be “asked to move to another location that provides additional space, or in the event of a full flight, be asked to take a later flight with available seating”.
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Influencer slams Delta for having 'way shorter seat belts' on new planes: 'Figure it out!'
The model and influencer Remi Bader called out Delta Air Lines in a TikTok , complaining that its seat belts are not long enough.
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“And no I shouldn’t need to ask for an extender,” Bader captioned the clip . “It should just be easy!”
This isn’t the first time that Bader has criticized the airline . In October 2021, she took to TikTok to say that while she usually loves flying Delta, during a trip from Los Angeles to New York she noticed that something was different about the seat belts.
“I’ve always loved Delta, it’s my No. 1 airline ,” she said. “But their new planes have way shorter seat belts. … I went to put my seat belt on and it legitimately did not go around my body.”
According to a chart on The Points Guy , Delta’s seat belt length is 40 to 45 inches and, although there’s a note that this isn’t specified by the airline, the seat belt extender “appears to be” 25 inches.
Of the eight airlines listed in the chart, Delta’s seat belts are on the shorter end of the spectrum. JetBlue’s seat belts are 45 inches, while American Airlines’ are listed as being 45 to 47 inches — not including the seat belt extenders in both cases.
Bader, in her October TikTok , said that she had never known that airlines had a seat belt extender option.
“This was the first time in my life I took off without a seat belt,” Bader continued in the video. “I really felt embarrassed in the moment and just thinking, ‘OK, wow, there’s clearly something wrong with me.'”
Bader, who is a major voice in advocating body acceptance, also recognized that this thought — which found her blaming herself and her body — went against everything she stands for on her platforms.
“There are some things in life that are just so simple, and I think this is one of them,” Bader said. “Make longer seat belts — why is it an issue?”
Airplane seat belts are different from car seat belts. For one thing, the main goal of the seat belt in an airplane is not to save a passenger’s life during a crash. In the unlikely event a plane crash happens, there’s not much the seat belt can do. It’s not that airplane seat belts aren’t safe — they comply with FAA regulations — but they are really designed to keep travelers in place during takeoff, landing and turbulence.
In fact, the belts pretty much haven’t changed in decades. They’re also fairly cheap to make, at apparently around $60 each .
In 2019, the Wall Street Journal wrote that “Airlines say less than 1% of passengers need seat belt extenders.” But one of Bader’s Instagram followers DMed her, as seen in a screenshot Bader shared in the 2021 TikTok, saying “I’m a size 12-14 and Delta seat belts don’t fit me.”
“I’m more of a 16, 18 at this point,” Bader responded. “So, yeah, if it doesn’t fit me and doesn’t fit someone smaller than me…”
The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education found that the average American woman clocks in at between a size 16 and a size 18 . A size 18 has a waist of roughly 43 inches and a 46-inch low hip , which is not comfortably accommodated by the reported length of Delta’s seat belt. The average American woman, according to a 2018 study that surveyed 5,500 women, has a waist of about 37.5 inches.
“WHY IS ASKING FOR AN EXTENDER EVEN A THING,” another TikTok, Chris Klemens , commented on Bader’s video. “JUST MAKE THE BELTS MORE ACCOMODATING.”
“They just need to put [an extender] in the pocket of every seat,” a commenter wrote. “It’s not that hard!”
“This is why I am always so nervous to fly,” another observed.
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How Big are Delta Seats and Seatbelts: A Quick Guide for Comfortable Travel
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When planning a flight with Delta Air Lines, it’s important to know the size of their seats and seatbelts to ensure a comfortable journey. Delta’s aircraft vary in size and configuration, which may affect seat dimensions and seatbelt lengths.
Once you have a better understanding of Delta’s seat and seatbelt options, you can make informed decisions about your flight preferences. This knowledge will help you prepare for any necessary accommodations or adjustments, such as requesting a seatbelt extender or selecting a specific seat type.
- Delta seats and seatbelts vary in size depending on the aircraft and configuration .
- Being aware of seat dimensions and seatbelt lengths can enhance your flight experience.
- Prepare in advance by knowing your preferences and any necessary accommodations.
Delta Seat Dimensions
In Economy Class, you’ll experience seat pitch ranging from 30-31 inches and a seat width of about 17.2-18.3 inches, depending on the type of aircraft . Legroom varies, but you can typically expect around 31-32 inches in the main cabin.
When you choose Delta Comfort+, your seat pitch increases to 34 inches, offering more legroom for a comfortable flight. The seat width ranges from 17.2-18.3 inches , similar to Economy Class seats . Your armrests in Comfort+ will also provide additional space, making your journey more enjoyable.
Selecting Premium Select provides you with even more spacious seating. Your seat pitch will be around 38 inches, and seat widths vary between 18.5-18.9 inches. The abundant legroom and wider armrests make for a more luxurious travel experience. Be sure to check the seat map for your specific aircraft to ensure you have the most accurate information.
For ultimate comfort and luxury, choose Delta One. These premium cabin seats offer a pitch of 76-78 inches, ensuring ample space for relaxation. Seat width in Delta One ranges from 20-21 inches, depending on the aircraft. For exact dimensions, it’s best to consult the seat map for your particular flight.
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Seatbelts and Extenders
Standard seatbelt length.
On Delta Air Lines, the standard seatbelt length ranges from 35 to 38 inches. The length can vary depending on the aircraft and seat class. It’s essential to know your seatbelt length for both safety and comfort during your flight.
Requesting a Seatbelt Extender
If you need a seatbelt extender, it’s best to request one before your flight. You can also ask a flight attendant as soon as you step on the plane. Remember that seatbelt extenders are subject to availability, so prepare in advance if possible.
Seatbelt Extender Policies
Delta provides seatbelt extenders to passengers who require them. However, keep in mind that airline policies regarding seatbelt extenders can change. To be sure about current seatbelt extender policies, contact Delta or visit their official website for the latest information. Stay informed to ensure a smooth and comfortable flight experience.
Policies for Passengers of Size
Extra seat requirements.
Delta Airlines, like many others such as American Airlines and Southwest, requires passengers of size to purchase an additional seat if they cannot comfortably fit in one seat with or without a seat belt extender. The standard seat width on Delta Economy typically ranges between 17 to 18.5 inches, depending on the aircraft, with a seat pitch varying between 30 to 33 inches .
Seat Selection and Upgrades
When booking a flight, you can select your preferred seat or opt for a paid upgrade to ensure a more comfortable journey. Note that passengers of size may not be permitted to sit in certain emergency exit rows due to FAA regulations. Keep in mind that first class and Delta Comfort+ options offer more space compared to basic economy.
Refunds and Rebooking
In the event you purchase an additional seat but later find that you no longer require it, you may be eligible for a refund. Delta Airlines’ customer service can provide assistance with any refunds or rebooking as needed. It’s essential to contact the airline prior to your trip to ensure a smooth and comfortable flight experience.
When traveling as a passenger of size, it’s crucial to be aware of the policies set by each airline. Reach out to Delta Airlines or your respective carrier for more information on seating arrangements, seat upgrades, and other accommodations to guarantee a comfortable journey.
Comparison with Other Airlines
When comparing Delta to Alaska Airlines, you’ll notice that the average seat width in Alaska’s Economy Class is 17 inches, while Delta offers about 18 inches of seat width in their long-haul economy class.
Delta and American Airlines have similar seat widths, both offering around 17 inches of seat width in their standard economy class. However, American Airlines seat belt length may vary.
Compared to Delta, JetBlue offers slightly more legroom in their economy class, with an average of 32 to 33 inches, while Delta offers around 31-32 inches in their long-haul economy class.
Southwest Airlines provides a seat width of 17 inches in their economy class, on par with Delta. Legroom in Southwest is comparable to Delta’s long-haul economy class, with about 31-32 inches of space.
In Allegiant Air’s economy class, seats are generally narrower with 17 inches of seat width. Seat belt length information for Allegiant Air is not readily available, but it’s likely comparable to other airlines mentioned.
*Note that exit row seats and preferred seats among airlines may provide additional legroom or other benefits, so it’s important to consider your individual comfort and needs when choosing your seat on any airline.
Traveler Tips and Experiences
As a traveler, you might wonder about the seat and seatbelt sizes on Delta flights. You’ll be pleased to know that Delta offers a range of seating options to cater to your comfort needs. From Comfort+ and Premium Select to Delta One, you can choose the option that suits you best.
Travel bloggers have shared their experiences with Delta’s seat sizes and seatbelts. This can be a useful resource for finding tips and tricks to ensure a comfortable journey. One such tip is to research the specific plane and seating configuration for your flight beforehand.
Delta Comfort+ offers extra legroom, dedicated overhead bin space, and premium snacks. This can provide added comfort during your flight, especially if you need more space. Similarly, Premium Select features a wider seat, additional recline, and adjustable head and footrests, further enhancing your onboard experience.
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For those who prefer a more luxurious experience, Delta One provides lie-flat seats with direct aisle access. These seats are not only larger but also come with a range of amenities to make your journey as relaxing as possible. You’ll appreciate the thoughtful touches, such as a TUMI amenity kit and noise-canceling headphones.
When it comes to seatbelts, sizes may vary across different aircraft and seat types. To get accurate information on seatbelt length, it’s advised to contact Delta directly or inquire with a travel device to ensure you have the correct information for your specific flight.
By planning ahead and considering the different seating options provided by Delta, you can make an informed decision to have a more enjoyable and comfortable flight experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Delta seat belt length.
Delta Airlines typically offers seatbelts that range between 31 and 51 inches in length, depending on the aircraft. The length may vary slightly, so it’s always a good idea to double-check with the airline before your flight if you’re concerned.
Need for seatbelt extender?
If you find that your seatbelt is not long enough, don’t worry. You can request a seatbelt extender from a flight attendant on board the plane. They are readily available and free of charge.
Delta plus size friendly?
Delta’s main cabin seats have a pitch of 31 to 32 inches and a width of 17.2 to 18.1 inches. Although these dimensions may be slightly smaller than other airlines, they should still be comfortable for most passengers. If you’re unsure, it’s best to check with the airline about the specific dimensions of your seat.
Delta passenger size policy?
Delta strives to make sure that all passengers have a comfortable flight. If you’re concerned about your size and fitting in the assigned seat, you should contact Delta before your flight to discuss your options and ensure a comfortable experience.
First class seat belt length?
Seat belt length in Delta’s first-class cabin may be slightly longer than in the main cabin. However, it’s always a good idea to check with the airline about the specific length of seat belts in the first-class cabin if this is a concern.
Seat belt length across airlines?
Seat belt length varies depending on the airline and type of aircraft. To find specific information about seat belt lengths for your flight, it’s best to contact your airline directly.
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May 30 2023, Updated 9:29 a.m. ET
If you're a frequent flyer, then you've probably had a few bad experiences or two regardless of the airline that's taking you to your destination. Sometimes, it's ridiculous delays, which are made all the more infuriating when you've taken it upon yourself to arrive at the airport a couple of hours early, only to discover that you're now being held in a terminal (or tarmac) for God knows how long.
Or if you have the dubious pleasure of flying into Washington D.C. and you run around frantically looking for your gate to find your connecting flight, only to discover that it's actually located in another airport that's a 25-minute drive away. And it's not like the airline will pay for the cab that takes you there, nor are there any shuttles that cart passengers to and fro.
And the problems don't stop once you're up in the air, either. Booking a ticket in basic economy? Well, get ready to pay for your carry-on, and don't expect to have a normal amount of legroom.
And one TikTok has found another gripe with a particular airline, Delta, and it's the length of the seatbelts on its chairs.
@remibader And no I shouldn't need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy! @delta ♬ Spaz - Mr. 2-17 & DRIPPY PRODUCTIONS
Curve Model Remi Bader says that while onboard a Delta flight she had to ask for a seatbelt extender. She demonstrated how the belt didn't reach around her waist in a now-viral TikTok with a text overlay that reads, "Delta. Figure it out!"
In the video's caption she penned, "And no I shouldn't need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy!" There were tons of commenters who offered up messages of support for the model and chimed in that they too had problems fitting seatbelts around their waists whenever they fly.
Some said that it was also embarrassing to have to ask for a seatbelt extender and at least one commenter mentioned that they just pretended like their seatbelt was on because they were too ashamed to request one.
Others proposed some solutions to the problem: why not package seatbelt extensions under the seat by default. And then there were some who said that they purchased their own seatbelt extender so they wouldn't have to ask for one/wait for an attendant to bring it.
Then there were some commenters who said that the onus shouldn't be on Delta and that Remi should simply lose more weight if she doesn't want to use seatbelt extenders.
According to a Vogue article, Remi stated she typically wears a size 14-16 in clothing. The average clothing size of an American woman is reportedly a 14 .
There were some TikTokers who mentioned that the size of the seatbelts on airplanes may not be a "size-ist" issue, but rather one that has to do with seatbelt repair. Apparently, before belts are repaired, "excess" length on the belts is cut then re-stitched, leading to less and less fabric.
Remi stated that she has flown on the airline several times, however, and that this has happened to her every single time.
What do you think? Have you ever had an issue with fastening your seatbelt on an airline? Do you feel like they're a bit too snug? Do some airlines have smaller seatbelts than others?
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