Hi, everyone! I realize this isn't a fashion-related question, but I don't really know where else to turn. I'm hoping some of you could shed some light on this "second seat" policy that a lot of airlines are starting to enforce. I know people have asked about this before, so sorry if I'm beating a dead horse, but I don't really understand what's going to happen as I'm boarding my plane.
I'm flying with Alaska Airlines at the end of this month and I'm really nervous; on the website, it states that if you can't fit comfortably into a seat with both armrests down, you have to buy a 2nd seat.
Well, this is leaving me pretty confused, because how am I supposed to know if I'll fit until I'm ON the plane? Have any of you been forced to buy a 2nd seat while you were boarding because the flight attendants didn't think you'd fit? Is someone going to single me out of line and measure me? And specifically, does anyone have experience with Alaska Airlines?
I'm so worried about this...I haven't been on an airplane since I was 16 (I'm 20 now) and I was much smaller then. I don't mind using a seatbelt extender (but I have to admit it's going to be pretty embarrassing), but I definitely don't have the money to buy a 2nd seat.
For reference, I'm 5'6", ~230 lbs, and size 18/20.