Model Who Called For Planes To Have Bigger Seats Hit Back At Trolls Who Told Her To ‘Buy Two Seats’

Model Gracie Bon is calling for planes to have bigger seats for passengers, but she's been told by trolls to 'buy two seats'.
Credit: @graciebon/Instagram

A model who opened up about the struggles she faces as a plus-size passenger on planes has been forced to hit back at cruel trolls. 

Gracie Bon, from Panama, is an Instagram star with a staggering five million followers.

She posts fashion, lifestyle and travel content on her social media page and has become well-known for her good looks.

But she’s found herself at the forefront of criticism in recent weeks after calling out planes for their seat sizes.

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The debate regarding whether larger people should pay for an extra plane seat has divided opinions for many years.

Recently, plus-size travel influencer Jaelynn Chaney went viral after saying that airline policies are ‘discriminatory’ towards bigger passengers.

She argued that it’s unfair they have to pay more than thinner people.

Chaney said: “Being forced to occupy only one seat can result in pain and vulnerability to poor treatment from fellow passengers, including hateful comments, disapproving looks, and even refusal to sit next to them.

“This mistreatment of plus-size passengers is unacceptable, and it highlights the urgent need for better policies that protect the dignity and rights of all passengers, regardless of size.

“Unfortunately, plus-size passengers often experience discomfort and discrimination when flying. The lack of a uniform customer-of-size airline policy is unacceptable and must be addressed.”

And now Panamanian model Bon has also exclaimed that planes ‘should have bigger seats’.

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Model Gracie Bon wants planes to have bigger seats – but not everyone agrees. Credit: @graciebon/Instagram

The influencer took to social media and shared the series of challenges she faces when flying as a plus-sized woman, such as struggling to put her seatbelt on.

“So today I had a flight and even if I was flying in first class, I couldn’t fit on the aeroplane – so this is a petition for all the airlines so big girls like me can fly,” she said.

“It’s not my fault I have an a*** this big. Please just make them bigger.”

In the caption, she asked: “Can someone give me an ACTUAL solution,” alongside a weeping emoji.

While the post has been liked over 370,000 times and hundreds have taken to the comments, not everyone is in agreement with Bon.

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One troll wrote: “Buy two seats instead of one, clearly you’ve got plenty of money to afford them.”

“Easy to say but once they make seats bigger there will be less seats and higher prices and then you will complain again and say make it cheaper,” another said.

“Your choice, your problem,” commented a third.

Fortunately, not everyone has been so unkind, with many taking to the comments and sharing kind words with Bon.

“It’s so not fair,” one person says in agreement.

Another adds: “Omg I wish I had the same problems,” alongside a peach emoji.

“My butt [is] not even as big as hers and I be needing half of the other seat… my hips be on top of the other person next to me… Seats are just small,” somebody else shared.

Gracie Bon
Gracie Bon’s comments have caused a stir on social media. Credit: @graciebon/Instagram

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.