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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.

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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.

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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?

Comments (29)

  • WhiteMagic's picture

    Definitely think it's possible. Have a scale under the body scanners; scan and weigh them at the same time. If you're over a certain limit, charge extra. I think the key is to gradually introduce this. Start at something like ~400 lbs and gradually bring it down.

  • DBCooper's picture

    This will never catch on in the US. The amount of litigation would be insane. Personally, I don't care unless someone else is ruining my flight experience, which has to do more with size and circumference lol.

    Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

  • pacman007's picture

    Hell yes. #fuckfatpeople

    I don't like the fats.

    "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion" - Muhammad Ali

  • SvenS's picture

    It's an interesting concept. I think from particularly a business stand point it's plausible to adopt a weight based cost structure. Though I think Addinator brings up a good point as to the logistics of weighing people prior to a flight and then having a system that registers that information to the corresponding passenger and airline that passenger will be flying with. Strictly from a business standpoint, it could work if left in the hands of the airlines themselves but if left to the FAA and the government employees, who are already incompetent, working in the security then it probably would be a nightmare. I'm no expert of the airlines but when it comes down to it, frankly, we all know that there is an obesity epidemic and not just in the U.S. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in the future an approach like this is used as a pricing mechanism for passengers. Still though I feel somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of handling human passengers basically as cattle or cargo.

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  • In reply to DBCooper
    seabird's picture

    DBCooper wrote:
    This will never catch on in the US. The amount of litigation would be insane. Personally, I don't care unless someone else is ruining my flight experience, which has to do more with size and circumference lol.

    I wouldnt worry about any litigation taking too long, the fat people would tire quickly of it. They dont have endurance. Bad cardio. One of the many downsides to being fat.

    “...all truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

    - Schopenhauer

  • lasampdoria's picture

    Designated "fat seats" maybe?

    at a 25% premium over coach

    "Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."- Benjamin Franklin

  • seabird's picture

    There are fat seats. Theyre called first class.

    Unless youre suggesting these seats be reserved for only fat people. Because that would be an interesting experiment.

    “...all truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

    - Schopenhauer

  • In reply to AndyLouis
    Cruncharoo's picture

    AndyLouis wrote:
    great concept on paper, and agree could work for a smaller airline co., but don't seeing this idea flying anytime soon for a major airline

    pun intended?

    This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

  • In reply to WhiteMagic
    Stryfe's picture

    WhiteMagic wrote:
    Definitely think it's possible. Have a scale under the body scanners; scan and weigh them at the same time. If you're over a certain limit, charge extra. I think the key is to gradually introduce this. Start at something like ~400 lbs and gradually bring it down.

    But what about MUH FEELINGS?!

  • In reply to seabird
    DBCooper's picture

    seabird wrote:
    There are fat seats. Theyre called first class.

    Unless youre suggesting these seats be reserved for only fat people. Because that would be an interesting experiment.

    Lol I actually had an obese priest of all people ruin a first-class flight for me. He even asked for a "seat belt extender". What ever happened to the vow of poverty? At least he was a nice guy, and didn't have "fattitude".

    Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

  • In reply to DBCooper
    Going Concern's picture

    DBCooper wrote:
    seabird wrote:
    There are fat seats. Theyre called first class.

    Unless youre suggesting these seats be reserved for only fat people. Because that would be an interesting experiment.

    Lol I actually had an obese priest of all people ruin a first-class flight for me. He even asked for a "seat belt extender". What ever happened to the vow of poverty? At least he was a nice guy, and didn't have "fattitude".

    Hahahaha...fattitude

    “A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths”

  • Cmoss's picture

    having played football and some of my closest friends are poly's, this shouldnt be a surprise to anyone familiar with the polynesian people, some are HUGE.

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  • sayandarula's picture

    this will be interesting. also, it would effect big people in general, not just fat people.

    Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?

  • In reply to sayandarula
    Going Concern's picture

    sayandarula wrote:
    this will be interesting. also, it would effect big people in general, not just fat people.

    Big bewbs are fine though. I would be happy to serve as a seat belt extender.

    “A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths”

  • Grindhouse's picture

    After a recent flight on United, I definitely have to agree with this. As I got to my seat, the aisle seat, there was already a huge fat bastard sitting in the window seat, with the middle arm rest up and (no joke) already sitting on half of my seat. This fatty's stomach/boobs were fully pressed up against the seat in front of them already and she/he was occupying 1.5/2 seats. I looked around desperately, but people were still trailing in for their seats. I somehow managed to sit on about a 1/4 of my ass cheek and thought to myself, "this is going to be the worst fucking 5 hour flight ever."

    Luckily enough however, after a few minutes the flight attendant came up to me discreetly and said "get your things and follow me", so I did and I ended up with a free upgrade to Business class, since that was the only seat left on the plane. Crisis averted.

    But after that incident, fuck fat people. They should pay by weight or be forced to buy two seats, since they occupy both of them anyways.

  • DBCooper's picture

    Highly relevant. NSFW language, throw on the headphones.

    Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

  • roofstreet's picture

    "...the art of good business, is being a good middle man, putting people togeather. It's all about honor and respect."