A plus-size travel enthusiast who shared a viral TikTok slamming Ryanair for the size of its seats and aisle has divided opinion, with some critics telling her it was ‘not the airline’s fault.’
Kirsty Leanne, 29, from Shropshire, said she was travelling from London Stansted to Hamburg on 21 April for a conference and came back on 26 April.
She criticised the airline as she said she struggled to fit down the plane’s narrow aisle, couldn’t use the tray table due to lack of space, and could barely move in the toilet cubicle.
Kirsty went on to share a clip about her experience on the flight on TikTok, with the video quickly going viral.
However, the issue has left users divided, with some saying Kirsty ‘only has herself to blame’ for the problems on the plane.
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However, the issue has left users divided, with some saying Kirsty, pictured, deserves to fly comfortably, while others feel she only has herself to blame
Plus size blogger Kirsty Leanne, 29, from Shropshire, recently shared a video of her experience on a Ryanair flight, where she said she struggled to fit into the plane seat (pictured left and right)
Meanwhile the TikTok user and plus size-blogger said using the tray table was a ‘big fat no’ due to lack of space
Recalling the problematic flight, Kirsty explained: ‘The first issue I faced was walking down the plane aisle.
‘I was one of the last people on the plane because I was running a little late so I felt the stares of people. All I could think was that they didn’t want me to sit next to them.’
‘I got to my seat and thankfully the one next to it was empty, giving me a little more room.’
Meanwhile she went on to reveal there was little space between the seats on the plane, saying: ‘In terms of legroom, there wasn’t much space but this is also because I had an under seat bag, it was definitely manageable though.’
The 29-year-old said she had concerns over sitting in the middle seat, as well as issues with using the tray table due to her size
Kirsty also revealed another issue she faced was the bathroom on board the plane, which she called ‘one of the smallest she’d ever seen’
The plus-size blogger also revealed how she was unable to do work because she didn’t have space to use the tray table.
She said: ‘I was going to use the tray table to do some work on the way but when I couldn’t put it down, I quickly decided that it was not going to happen.’
Meanwhile she continued: ‘The bathroom was another issue I faced, because I was running late I didn’t get to use the bathroom before I boarded.
‘I thought I’d chance using the one on the flight but unfortunately, it’s probably one of the smallest bathrooms I’ve ever seen and I decided against trying to squeeze in.’
She added: ‘In terms of the seats, I was comfortable but I think it’s because the seat next to me was empty and I had that little bit of extra space.
‘I needed to use a seatbelt extender but this is something I am used to and the flight attendant handed it me discreetly as I asked when I boarded.’
After her clip went viral on TikTok, Kirsty was flooded with comments from other users, with some saying it ‘wasn’t RyanAir’s fault’ she was uncomfortable when flying
In the now-viral clip, which she shared to her TikTok account, Kirsty can be seen showing her computer screen where she has been allocated a middle aisle seat.
Her post showed how little space she had on the flight as she tried to squeeze into the plane, before she also shared a photo of the seatbelt extender.
Meanwhile she shared a short clip as she attempted to use the tray table, which she said was a ‘big fat no’, and revealed she had little space to move in the airplane’s bathroom cubicle.
She captioned the clip, which has racked up more than one million views, ‘Flying Ryanair with no upgrades’.
However despite her criticism of the flight, some people on the app had little sympathy for her and argued that airplanes shouldn’t have to accommodate her.
However other users were quick to defend the plus size blogger, with some saying she ‘wasn’t hurting anyone’
One user said: ‘Acting like it’s their fault.’
‘This should be a massive wake up call,’ another person argued.
One person wrote: ‘There’s only one person to blame.’
Someone else said: ‘Honey it’s not the airlines fault.’
‘There’s only one person to blame,’ added another user.
However others were quick to defend the plus-size blogger, with one person writing: ‘What is everyone’s problem?
‘She’s not hurting anyone, just showing her struggle with travel and how people in the same position can make it work!’
‘Why are the comments so rude?’ another user said, ‘She never said she was blaming the airline she is just showing you her experience travelling.
‘Do you girl! Love the video.’
The blogger also shares her adventures on her travel blog, Plus Size Travel Too , where she talks about travelling as a plus size person and says the experience is less than comfortable for larger people
Someone else added: ‘People saying that it’s so easy to just lose weight. Some people have diseases and metabolism issues and it would be difficult for them to do so though.’
‘People acting like being plus size is a choice/something to be ashamed of?,’ one person added.
It comes after the blogger first hit the headlines a few months ago when she was allegedly told to buy two seats for herself due to her body size.
The blogger also shares her adventures on her travel blog, Plus Size Travel Too, where she talks about travelling as a plus size person and says the experience is less than comfortable for larger people.