‘Delta, figure it out!’ Plus-sized model shames airlines when seatbelt won’t quite fit

Talk about overweight baggage.

Delta Airlines has another serious problem on its hands. First, there were the excessive cancellations late last year due to COVID-related issues; and let’s not forget the many roadblocks the airline has presented to those who travel while trans and disabled.

Now the airline has to tackle a far weightier issue. After failing to take measures to accommodate the substantial girth of paying customers with an adequate seatbelt length, Delta is being called out for its misdeeds by plus-sized “curve model” and “TikTok creator” Remi Bader. The 26-year-old curvaceous fashionista boasts a following of 2.5 million on social media, and she was recently named “brand ambassador and size consultant” for Victoria’s Secret PINK.

Right now, however, Bader is dealing with the more mundane and decidedly less fashionable problem of fitting into a Delta seatbelt. She recently posted a video to her TikTok followers showing her unsuccessful attempts to fasten one of the airline’s safety belts around her waist. The video is subtitled “Delta, figure it out!” and features the caption: “And no I shouldn’t need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy! @delta.”


And no I shouldn’t need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy! @delta

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An article for the travel review site The Points Guy has a helpful chart of seatbelt length for various airlines, and indicates that Delta’s seatbelts aren’t unusually short; at 40-45 inches, they’re about average, and are far longer than some airline seatbelts, including Allegiant’s, which come in at 33.7 inches. It should be noted that airlines will provide seatbelt extenders upon request, and these are usually about 24 inches long.

Apparently, this wasn’t Remi Bader’s first dustup with Delta over the issue. In October, she uploaded another TikTok video in which she castigated the airline for the same problem. Claiming Delta’s new planes have “way shorter seatbelts than they did before,” Bader began “freaking out” before a flight attendant offered her an extender. This act of kindness was not appreciated, and Bader made it clear in the video that she should not be embarrassed by having to ask for a special accommodation.

As for the commonsense observation that Delta’s seatbelts likely have not become smaller, but rather that Bader’s waistline has expanded, the model and fashion influencer has nothing but scorn. The suggestion that she might consider moderating her food consumption and take measures to reduce her weight was met with even greater derision.

It’s safe to say that, for Bader, this is a hill upon which she is prepared to die. As proof, we need only observe that her Twitter bio now reads: “I’m a fat ass I need a seat belt extender on a plane. It is their responsibility to make their seat belts longer for people who can’t control their food intake.”

Pay attention, Delta. And, as the model said—figure it out!


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