The speculative voice of charging for overweight passengers on flights, has come around again.
A Norwegian economist has suggested a "Pay as you weigh" pricing, & follow other transport sectors & charge by space & weight.
He put forward 3 types of pricing -
1 / Charge passengers to how much they & their luggage weighed, setting a rate for kg per passenger. So someone weighing 59kgs ( 130lbs ), would pay half the rate of a 118kgs ( 260lb) person.
2 / Use a fixed base rate, with a extra charge for heavier passengers to cover extra costs, this would mean every passenger would have a different fare.
3 / The economist preference is -
Same charge to a averaged weight person, a discount or extra charge would be used, if the passenger was above or below a certain limit.
This would mean 3 kinds of fares - High / Average / Low
Would this mean we will all have to get to the airport even earlier, we all would then be weighed with our luggage.
Would it mean then everybody as to watch what they eat & drink abroad, tell kids they aren't allowed junk food & ice cream in the A/Inclusive holidays, in case they put weight on, when coming back, would the airlines do luggage / person weighing scales, would someone have to work out how the weight distribution is then spread out on the aircraft, like a lorry driver distributing his load weight on a lorry, for when taking off & landing. !