Saturday, April 6, 2013

Weight Loss Incentive

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?


  1. That's a novel weight loss incentive!! Also it seems like a win-win situation for both the parties-Passengers and the Airlines. Read this that a reduction of 1 kg in the weight of the plane, however, is estimated to save $3,000 in fuel worth annually! Liked your weight management suggestions inside an aircraft! :D

  2. Thanks for your comments Shilpa. I am glad you liked this post.

  3. I feel it's a good idea - Charging people by their size and weight. But, as you say, they should be given extra space for the higher amount they are paying. There should be flexi-seats. Otherwise, there is not much of a point.

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  4. Goes to show what a good writer can do even with an insignificant piece of news :) Loved the ideas. Are the airlines listening?

  5. Should the seats be built separately for fat and lean people, both the category will try to be the opposite.So all will become normal.

  6. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. yes, you pay extra you get wider seat. That is a must.

  7. Thanks for your comments Zephyr. I don't think any airline will listen. These are just tongue in cheek ideas.

  8. Thanks for your comments Sarala. I seriouly think this should be implemented in bus. Also, wider seats for obese people.

  9. If obese people don't book for their seat, the petite people can sleep in those seats!

    Good ideas...Yes, all airlines can make a note of this article!

    At least for saving money, people might try to reduce!

  10. SG, someone told me that the low cost American Airlines actually make obese people sit on a chair and if they overflow they have to buy two tickets! And in India Air Asiana actually charges you for your baggage based on its weight. But I am not sure whether we should have it based on income levels.

  11. what an idea !

    in future they may start charging people on the basis of their size/volume they occupy

    wonder how it'll be in india coz we people are masters in bending the rules .. how will we accept this rule of airlines in our country?