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WATCH: Sit Next to a Vegan for More Elbow Room on Flights?

WATCH: Sit Next to a Vegan for More Elbow Room on Flights?

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is suggesting that American Airlines offer passengers the option of sitting next to a vegan…for a $10 fee. PCRM points out that vegans typically have lower body masses than the average American adult, making them potentially less intrusive to their neighbors on a crowded airplane.

The committee will begin airing a series of satirical ads (like the one shown below) this Thursday on north Texas television stations.

PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard was quoted: “Implementing the policy would also be a valuable public service because it would highlight the obesity-fighting power of a vegan diet.”

What do you think of PCRM’s approach? Is it a positive way to promote a healthy diet or unnecessarily perpetuating stereotypes about vegans?

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3 comments on “WATCH: Sit Next to a Vegan for More Elbow Room on Flights?”

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6 Years Ago

It's perpetuating stereotypes and it's sizist. People who are larger already get enough of this hate.

22 Apr 2012

I went veg over night. There is no Vegan Food its just fruits, vbeteaelgs, breads, pastas, soy milk, nuts, seeds Yes there are mock meats but they tend to be expensive and not that great for you anyways. Your family cant force you to eat meat so just flat out say Im going veg'. Ok so im 17 and i live on my own, i moved out when i was 15 and i've been grocery shopping myself since then so i know the costs. Most times at your cheaper grocery stores, (food basics here) lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, apples, oranges, kiwi, spinach range in price from 88 cents to $3. Soy milk doesn't have to be refrigerated, if i go in the baking isle of my grocery store i can find organic chocolate soy milk for $2, instead of the bigger Silk and So Good brands for $4-$5. Once opened soy milk has the shelf life of 7-10 days. Tofu costs little more than a buck for a block of it. I eat wraps, cereals, pastas, sammiches, salads, ramen, stir fry, grilled tofu, smoothies, raw fruits and veggies, and sometimes veg tacos. If you want more ideas check out a vegan recipe site, like vegweb.com or something. Since going veg i feel a lot healthier and more energetic, also you really do save animals, i believe its something like 100 a year. Good Luck

6 Years Ago

LOVE IT! This will plant a seed in many human animal's minds, no matter where they stand on the issue of Veganism. The last line may upset some Vegans, but Vegans are not their demographic; PCRM is marketing to some of the most bewildered of our herd! Much thanks PCRM for all that you are doing for ALL LIFE!


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