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Passenger advocacy groups and belt manufacturers argue that the FAA's rule only further embarrasses the larger flyers who would prefer to quietly buckle themselves in than ask and hope for an available extender.

If you’re a large passenger and you’ve been bringing your own seat belt extender to buckle yourself in on flights, the government has an order for you: Stop it.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a reminder to the airlines at the end of last month that their extenders — which add 25 inches to the length of a regular seat belt by being buckled to the ones on planes — are the only ones to be used.

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Tags: faa, safety