We all know planes do not run on seats. They run on weight. At least, I think so. That is why when an airline say “the plane is full”, you can always see a few empty seats here and there.
Samoa Air has come with an excellent idea. Charge people by their weight. When you book your ticket online, you should mention your weight and the weight of your luggage. You will be charged as per the weight you input. You and your luggage will be weighed again at the airport.
Since most of the Samoans are obese people, this is an excellent incentive for their weight loss program. I think all airlines should follow this pricing policy.
Here is my sort of soliloquy:
If you are so large and take up other people’s space, you better pay extra for your seat. Free market capitalism. Pay for the poundage.
May be they should charge more if the plane is bigger. I think it would cost more to operate a larger plane. Charge more for a seat in 747 than A-300.
Put all the obese people nearer to the vending machine. Extra revenue for the airline.
Don’t put all of them on one side of the plane or all of them in front or all of them in the back. Gravity issue.
Will they put wider seats for those obese people paying extra money, a la, premium economy in certain airlines.
Anticipate more law suits.
Great news for midgets and petites.
Discount for malnourished people?
How about charging people on the basis of their income? Bring a copy of your last year’s income tax return.
Is obesity considered a disability? In that case, they will demand discounted rates.
Why not introduce this ticket price based on passenger’s weight to buses and trains also.
What does ACLU think? For non-American readers, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) is an organization who are supposed to fight for individual rights and liberties. Many people think ACLU is a leftist organization known for handling unusual/strange cases.
Is there a weight rule for those who fly free, i.e. airline employees on vacation using their travel benefits.
What to do with the obese flight crew (pilots, copilots, flight attendants) who operate the flight.
What do you think?