I'm a size 26 woman. I'm planning to fly across country with Delta. Will I have trouble to fit into the seat? What can I do to make the flight most comfortable for me? The flight is fully booked and don't have extra seats to buy.
My mother was a size 26 and traveled internationally with a number of airlines including Delta.
The seat pitch was perfectly fine in an economy seat. She did however have to ask for a seat belt extension (all planes carry these, just ask a flight attendant)
A useful trick to know is that on many planes, some outer seat arms will also raise, there is a 'hidden' button which the cabin crew will show you.
She also avoided emergency exit seats, as they had the tray table in the arm, which would not comfortably come out or sit flat.
I'm not sure what the exchange rate from women's sizes to men's is, but at my heaviest, I was at around a 60" waist. I ended up having to borrow the "demonstration seat belt" section, use it as an extension to the seatbelt, but did manage to fit in one standard seat.
Mind you it was not the most comfortable flight, but I was just glad to get to where I was going. Although, I'm not sure if anyone outside of first class on an Emirates Airbus A380 truly has a comfortable flight anymore. As stated above, talk to the crew, they will help you out.