LONDON, England -- A woman injured while squeezed next to an obese passenger on a trans-Atlantic flight has been given £13,000 ($20,000) by the airline. Barbara Hewson, 63, was offered damages by Virgin Atlantic after suffering a blood clot, torn leg muscles and sciatica following a flight to Los Angeles in January 2001, the UK's Press Association reported. She said the woman passenger was so large she had to sit with the arm rests up, but when she complained, the crew said there was nothing they could do as the plane was full. http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/10/22/virgin.payout/index.html CNN followed up this story with a poll asking: If an obese passenger requires two seats on an aircraft, who should bear the cost? The airline or The passenger My personal vote is for the passenger, but airlanes should perhaps install a number of extra large seats for extra large people, and those seats would be required for obese people and maybe they would charge more if you needed one, kind of like a weight limit.