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‘Figure It Out!’—Plus-Size Model Blasts Delta Over Short Seatbelt Length

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One plus-size model took to social media to call out Delta’s “one-belt-fits-all” policy after she was unable to fit the standard-sized belt around her waist.

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The video has gone viral after Remi Bader claimed Delta has “scrawy” seatbelts that couldn’t fit her size 14 waist, which is exactly the average size of an American woman.

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The video shows Bader trying and failing to buckle the airline’s seatbelt, and currently has over nearly 1 million views on TikTok. In the text overlay, the plus-size model wrote, “Delta, figure it out!” 

In the caption of the video, Bader wrote an added barb to the airline: “And no I shouldn’t need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy! @delta.”

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And no I shouldn’t need to ask for an extender. It should just be easy! @delta

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Commenters were shocked that the Delta seatbelts were so tiny.

“Eeek. Everyone praises Delta too. Being a size 14 should not warrant an extension,” one person commented.

Another person exclaimed, “YES WHY IS ASKING FOR AN EXTENDER EVEN A THING JUST MAKE THE BELTS MORE ACCOMMODATING.”

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Yet others offered their ideas for what could have caused the belt to be so short, with one user commenting, “When the seatbelts get damaged, they trim them instead of replacing the whole thing. This is why the length is so inconsistent.”

According to The Points Guy, a travel review website, Delta’s seatbelt sizes are supposed to range from 40 to 45 inches, comparable to American Airlines at 45 to 47 inches and JetBlue at 45 inches. Meanwhile, Southwest’s seatbelts sit at only 39 inches.

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In a video Bader posted to her TikTok back in October, Delta’s new planes come with “way shorter seatbelts than they did before.”

In the video, she claimed to have been “freaking out” after she wasn’t able to fasten her seatbelt, and according to her, when she confronted a flight attendant about the issue, the airline employee told her to ask for an extender, which adds 35 inches to the seatbelt length.

Bader found the suggestion embarrassing, and said it made her feel like there was “clearly something wrong with me.”

“Just make longer seatbelts, why is this an issue?” she exclaimed on the video.