Itâ€™s pretty normal for an overweight person to have to buy more than one seat on a flight because they canâ€™t fit in just one, but for a 500-pound man flying round trip from Wales to Ireland, the two seats didnâ€™t do him any good.
Les Price, 43, says he was flying to Ireland from Wales when he realized the two seats he purchased were not next to each other. One of the seats was next to the window, and the other was on the aisle. Another passenger occupied the seat in between, so Price had to switch. On the flight back to Wales, Price found out that the seats werenâ€™t even in the same row. One was in row 17, and the other was in row 19.
â€śWhen I got to the airport I had to explain to all the staff why I had two tickets, they didnâ€™t have a clue,â€ť said Price. â€śWhen I finally got on the plane one was an aisle seat and the other was by the window â€“ in a three-seat row. On the way back from Ireland one seat was in row 17 and the other in row 19.â€ť
Price says that his weight started to get out of control after he injured himself and was forced to be bedridden for three months. Then, after his wife died of cancer in 2009, the situation became much worse.
Now, the man is set to star in BBCâ€™s Live Longer Wales, a television program that chronicles the weight loss journeys of overweight people in Wales, and provides a commentary on the increasing weight problem in the country.