[quote]Professor X wrote:
Between them they weighed 530lbs or 214kgs. What if Prof X and Bauer sat on a plane next to each other. Same Problem.
Mathemtatically, same problem yes.
However, I think we could safely assume that X and Bauer are proud of the type of weight they carry.
The point is, it makes the entire story sound like bullshit. I have never been told to change my seat in a plane because I was too heavy. The article claims it was a large plane. What type of commercial plane can’t handle a couple of people sitting in one area in that way? Has anyone here been weighed before they got on a plane? For this claim to make sense, they would have to regularly weigh the people on planes and seat them in a way to balance the weight out.
They don’t do that.[/quote]
Actually, in small planes they do. I weigh about 275 and frequently fly on small puddle-jumpers for work. I am often asked to sit in the middle of the plane (over the wing = better balance?). It does not happen all of the time, but it does happen.