Fat Tax by stealth? Airline charges by passenger weight – great success

via lessworkmorelurk.com/

via lessworkmorelurk.com/

Lesley Deverrall at NewstalkZB reports

Samoa Air says a controversial new policy that calculates a passenger’s fare based on their weight and the weight of their luggage is proving successful.

The airline introduced the policy in January, saying it would make flying safer.

You have to love the fact that this is done in Samoa.  It took some real courage to do this when a fair few of your customers are built like a brick outhouse.

He says because they are charging by weight rather than by seat, some families are finding a family of two adults and several small children can travel considerably cheaper than previously.

Rates range from a dollar a kilo on the airline’s shortest domestic route to about $4.16 per kilo to fly from Samoa to American Samoa.

In real terms it means fares don’t fluctuate too much for people with normal weight ranges, but it does provide a good penalty for those who are seriously or even morbidly obese.

If this sort of charging scheme was implemented elsewhere, then there could be a good commercial incentive for people stop loading half a lunch bar a day into their stupid faces.

What do you think, should Air New Zealand start charging this way on domestic flights?


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