I’ve been working with people in the UK and German offices of the company I work at since I started. Now that I’m a manager, my boss mentioned that a trip to Germany for training may be in the works.
…which would mean flying while 400lbs.
In the interest of being diplomatic, I expressed interest and pleasure that I would have an opportunity to meet the folks I correspond with and share my expertise. Then — in the interest of full disclosure — I brought up the possibility that an airline might require me to purchase a second seat if flying coach. My primary concern was that this may happen while boarding, and could lead to delays if another seat isn’t available. My boss said she understood that was the whim of airlines, not me, and that she would make sure the company paid for any such additional seat charges. (She’s also thinking that it would be reasonable for to fly business or first class since the flight time would probably be over 12 hours.)
I am pleased that I did not get emotional. I stayed matter-of-fact and somewhat detached. I was prepared to be told that this would be dealt with if it happened, or that this meant I would not be able to travel for business.
One side effect of being fat, for me, is that I don’t apply for jobs that I’m qualified for that require travel. (Usually in the corporate training field, teaching programming or software usage.) I don’t exactly feel this is a loss given the TSA and how airport air tends to affect my asthma, but I usually have lots of other jobs to apply for. If I was in marketing, for example, business travel would be a much bigger deal for me.