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Weighty Issues

Well, it’s finally happened. One airline has decided to start charging for seats based on your weight.

When you book a seat on Samoa Air you are asked to estimate the total weight of yourself and your luggage. You will then pay a certain rate per kilo. The less weight you bring on board, the less you pay. (Aren’t you glad you’re a onebagger!!!!). When you get to the airport, you and your bags are weighed. If you’re close to your estimate you’re good to go. If you are a lot more, you pay more. Don’t expect a refund if you paid too much.

And if that isn’t enough to get your diet started, Delta Airlines will begin unveiling  new, smaller lavatories  on the 737-900’s they plan to start flying later this. That’s right, smaller than the current ones.

While they won’t go into specifics, these new bathrooms will allow the airline to install four additional seats in coach.

Is it me or are airline flights getting to be on par with bad bus trips?

Reader Comments (3)

We have a pleasant and hard-working medical assistant in our office who comes from Samoa. I wouldn't consider her overweight, but she is one of our larger female employees. She bemoans the limited and expensive air service from Pago Pago to the US mainland, usually $1500 one way, occasionally a sale at $1200, and the service west to east and south to north is only on Thursdays and Sundays. I suspect that in a competitive market, Samoa Air would NOT be able to get a weight-related tariff or surcharge.
April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan B
And this from the BBC website:

"Airbus plans to reduce the size of its window seats to make room for wider ones in the aisles.

Those requiring the larger seats would have to pay more for their flight."

I only sit in the aisle seat. I don't need a wider one but, if travelling on an Airbus, it could mean I have to pay more. Not at all happy about this.
April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie
If only airlines would weigh the passenger AND there baggage for a complete picture. I have seen very small people with a ton of luggage (for some reason) and larger people with a small "One Bag" carry-on. Yes, it's awkward to sit next to people whose bodies migrate into one's own seat space, but charging larger people more seems a stupid solution. Will the airline charge less for thin people or children who don't completely fill up a seat? Seems only fair (or fare...).
April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIndychic

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