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Samoa Air implements "pay as you weigh" policy Wiggity Wack 1 child; Connecticut 10780 posts
2nd Apr '13

Link: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/airline-to-charge-overweight-passengers-more-20130402-2h495.html



Airline to charge overweight passengers more




by:Nina Karnikowski



Samoa Air has become the world's first airline to implement "pay as you weigh" flights, meaning overweight passengers pay more for their seats.
"This is the fairest way of travelling," chief executive of Samoa Air, Chris Langton, told ABC Radio. "There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
2nd Apr '13

So it says its to promote healthier lifestyles. Well awareness lol what about people with health issues who CAN'T lose the weight? Also, if you type in your weight yourself so its honor based, everyone is just going to lie about their weight anyway so it seems kind of pointless to me.

Wiggity Wack 1 child; Connecticut 10780 posts
2nd Apr '13
Quoting Madi's*Mama:" So it says its to promote healthier lifestyles. Well awareness lol what about people with health issues ... [snip!] ... yourself so its honor based, everyone is just going to lie about their weight anyway so it seems kind of pointless to me."

"Passengers are then weighed again on scales at the airport, to check that they weren't fibbing online."

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
2nd Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Wiggity Wack:</b>" "Passengers are then weighed again on scales at the airport, to check that they weren't fibbing online.""</blockquote>



Oh oops missed that part! There is no way in hell I would let them weigh me. I feel airport security does enough to violate me (I got patted down once because i had a hoodie on under my coat..freaking sucked). Weight is personal.

Wiggity Wack 1 child; Connecticut 10780 posts
2nd Apr '13
Quoting Madi's*Mama:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Wiggity Wack:</b>" "Passengers are then weighed again on scales ... [snip!] ... enough to violate me (I got patted down once because i had a hoodie on under my coat..freaking sucked). Weight is personal."


But do you think it's fair for the airline to charge more based on the increased cost of fuel that comes with carrying more weight? Airlines charge passengers to carry extra or overweight luggage for this reason.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
2nd Apr '13
Quoting Wiggity Wack:" But do you think it's fair for the airline to charge more based on the increased cost of fuel that comes ... [snip!] ... of fuel that comes with carrying more weight? Airlines charge passengers to carry extra or overweight luggage for this reason."

It's not fair for the 90 lbs person with 1 carry-on but you know that buying the ticket. Ticket prices suck but I still don't think it's right to weigh a person and make them pay extra just because they weigh more than the person sitting next to them.It's not always their fault.

Andi+Andy=Marley+1 2 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 4564 posts
2nd Apr '13

I think its a good idea if they pay extra for an extra seat. However, I font think they should be weighed at an airport. They should have them sit in a seat to ser if they fit comfortably. I've been stuck sitting next to obese people on airplanes before and a few times the armrest between us couldn't even go down. I felt like the very little personal space I had was being invaded.

user banned 17 kids; Boston, MA, United States 9473 posts
2nd Apr '13
Quoting Wiggity Wack:" Link: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/airline-to-charge-overweight-passengers-more-20130402-2h495.html ... [snip!] ... fit in a single seat to pay for two seats, but this is the first time a per-kilo rate has been used by an airline. D&D!"


not sure too much about the D and D, but your avi is awesome!

Tig Ol' Bitties 2 kids; St Catharines, Ontario 2746 posts
2nd Apr '13

Weight is a lousy way of determining health, IMO. Not to mention how traumatized those experiancing eating disorders will be at the process.

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
2nd Apr '13

I don't think it is discrimination at all. Most obese passengers "spill into" the seats next to them, making it uncomfortable, and somewhat unfair, for those passengers that don't weigh as much sitting next to them but paid the same price for their seat. I've always joked that if an obese passenger does not pay for two seats, they should pay for part of mine. I can't count how many flights I have been on where I've had the person next to me with their lovehandles on the armrests and actually in what should have been my seat. Until the airlines make the seats wider (which they won't) I don't think it's such a bad idea.



Though, I would like to know if they take actual measurements and not just weight into play.

Lucid Dreamer Florida 3821 posts
3rd Apr '13
Quoting Madi's*Mama:" So it says its to promote healthier lifestyles. Well awareness lol what about people with health issues ... [snip!] ... yourself so its honor based, everyone is just going to lie about their weight anyway so it seems kind of pointless to me."

It certainly will promote more business for their competition