What??? Flier, displaced by obese seatmate, forced to stand The person next to him was so big the arm rests couldn't go down, and half of his seat was taken over by the large person. He couldn't even fasten his seatbelt. Here are the best quotes -- Liz Landau, a spokesperson for US Airways, confirmed that Berkowitz was inconvenienced by a passenger of size and told msnbc.com “it was his choice to stand.” “His seatmate had the same right to his seat as Mr. Berkowitz did to his. So here’s where the diplomacy and cooperation of all passengers comes into play,” the airline said in a statement. It was his choice to stand? Not really a choice if someone else is in your seat!! And yes, his seatmate had the right to his seat, but not the seat next to him!