Should Fat People Pay More to Fly?AM
I'll be honest, I actually chuckled when I first read this one. Samoa airlines (didn't even know they existed) is now charging by weight for passengers.
Travelers in the region already are weighed before they fly because the planes used between the islands are small, said David Vaeafe, executive director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau. Samoa Air's fleet includes two nine-seat planes for commercial routes and a three-seater for an air taxi service.
Samoa Air planned on Wednesday to start pricing its first international flights based on the weight of its passengers and their bags. Depending on the flight, each kilogram (2.2 pounds) costs 93 cents to $1.06.
Now I'll admit that this makes sense for a small, regional, severely limited route carrier like this but could this ever actually make it to mainstream airlines? I mean they already will charge you for two tickets on airlines if you take up two seats and really should expand that as I swear more and more people are pushing the limits of that concept.
Could this actually catch on/would it even be legal for airlines to weigh people before flights and charge them based on that? I think it would be an absolute logistical nightmare to try and weigh everyone before coming on board as airlines already have enough on time issues to deal with but overall the concept makes some sense to me. What do you all think? Possible? Impossible? Maybe the better question is whether it is practical or not?