The image was reportedly taken by a disgruntled American Airlines cabin crew member, wanting to bring to attention a growing problem.
As waistlines increase, should obese passengers feel the squeeze on their wallets too? Most airlines will charge passengers extra for excess weight on luggage, so why not apply the same principle to heavier passengers?
It’s prompted some to question whether the passenger in the photograph could have made it into the notoriously tiny aeroplane bathrooms, let alone through the emergency exits.
Some have questioned whether the passenger was actually allowed to travel at all.
A refreshments trolley would almost certainly have not made it down the ailse.
In which case, are such passengers a genuine safety hazard or a mere inconvenience to the crew and those around them? Should inconvenienced fellow passengers be compensated?
So, should airline companies do more to accommodate the true size of their passengers? Or should the burden fall on the passengers themselves? Should bigger passengers be prepared to pay for two seats in order to fly?