April 2, 2013 2:02 PM by Smash
Yahoo – Some airlines are beginning to charge obese customers for extra seats, but Samoa Air appears to be the first to adopt a “pay as you weigh” pricing plan.
The airline’s price-per-kilogram will vary depending on the flight, from as little as $1 per kilogram to as much as $4.16, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
In a radio interview this week, according to the paper, Samoa Air chief executive Chris Langton defended the new policy. “This is the fairest way of traveling,” Langton said. “There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything—it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo.”
I can’t tell you how happy I am about this. As someone who flies a decent amount, this is the best thing to be implemented in the airline industry. Once airlines started rolling out the baggage fees, flying hit an all time low. Flying was already a chore between getting to the airport and going through security, but the baggage fees are just another slap in the dick. Never understood why someone who is normal weight has to pay extra to check a 30 pound bag, but a guy who weighs twice as much as me doesn’t have to pay extra for anything. He gets a seatbelt extender, a bag of peanuts, and a pat on the back, and he’s on his way.
“Ohhh but why should fat people pay more for something that’s genetic/they can’t control?!” Fuck off. Fat people can control how big they are. Use it as motivation to lose weight. Being fat is literally going to cost you more money. That sounds like a nightmare. If you take up more than 1 seat, that should automatically cost you 2 seats. Most obvious move here. You spill into two seats? You now require both of them and will pay for both. God I hope more airlines adopt this.
Sidenote – It’s kind of ironic that Samoa Air is the first airline to implement this. Aren’t Samoan people huge to begin with? Really looking to change that perception, huh?