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Old 04-02-2013, 08:32 AM
 
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Even though the airline mentioned in this article is not large (no pun intended), I think it had to start somewhere. We've let political correctness blind us to many truths, and one is that overly huge people need to pay for two seats, or pay more for their fare. I don't think it is unfair for airlines to charge per weight, moving weight costs money and a 105 pound woman should not have to pay the same as a 400 pound man.

Pay by the Pound: Samoa Air Becomes First Airline to Charge Overweight Passengers More - IBTimes UK
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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Even though the airline mentioned in this article is not large (no pun intended), I think it had to start somewhere. We've let political correctness blind us to many truths, and one is that overly huge people need to pay for two seats, or pay more for their fare. I don't think it is unfair for airlines to charge per weight, moving weight costs money and a 105 pound woman should not have to pay the same as a 400 pound man.

Pay by the Pound: Samoa Air Becomes First Airline to Charge Overweight Passengers More - IBTimes UK

Totally agree... fuel costs are directly related to the quantity of mass moved... simple enough....
Thank G*d I choose business class, as I don't (usually) have to deal with the morbid obese. Not a stereotype nor a bias... I just choose to be with those that have one bit of self-control. JMHO.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I think people should have to pay by the butt inch. Basically you sit on a bench with a yardstick on it and if your butt spread doesn't fit between 1 and x number of inches, guess what...you have to buy a second seat.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Totally agree... fuel costs are directly related to the quantity of mass moved... simple enough....
Thank G*d I choose business class, as I don't (usually) have to deal with the morbid obese. Not a stereotype nor a bias... I just choose to be with those that have one bit of self-control. JMHO.
Like knowing when not to open your mouth?

I have no problem with the fees, but then give a proper seat. All it is is a money grab. So you can sparkle knowing that someone paid more, but they don't get anymore space.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:13 AM
 
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Makes sense from a fuel cost perspective. I doubt the seat size will be proportional to the passenger's weight and ticket cost, though. It costs more to move a 300 pound adult than it does to move a 90 pound child, but both get a seat with the same width and pitch that is too small for the former and too big for the latter.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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When I was working at the airlines (appr. 5 years ago) we merely took a head count of the passengers and assumed that each adult weighed "x" and each child weighed "y." These weights were increased by a few pounds in the winter due to heavier clothing. Of course in unusual circumstances (e.g. a plane full of football players, sumo wrestlers, etc.) we were required to adjust these weights. An isolated "gravitationally-challenged" passenger was of little concern to the airline, unless their butt was too big to fit in one seat.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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i wonder what % of the costs are fuel. i know its a significant cost but when you boil it down to only the cost that weight of the passenger impacts and then the difference between a 300 pounder and a 150 pounder, whats the real increase in cost? there is also the cost of the aircraft, maintenance, employee costs, insurances/taxes/etc. that dont relate to weight being moved.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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I agree! I once had to sit next to a man who
took up his seat and half of mine, too.
He could at least have paid for it!
Wouldn't let me put the arm rest down either.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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I think people should have to pay by the butt inch. Basically you sit on a bench with a yardstick on it and if your butt spread doesn't fit between 1 and x number of inches, guess what...you have to buy a second seat.
This. Being heavy shouldn't be the measure. I'm 6'-2 and I weigh 250 lbs. I also fit easily in an airline seat (except for my knees banging against the seat in front of me). If I was required to pay extra I'd never fly again.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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im seeing this as a separate issue from making people pay who need 2 seats. maybe im wrong.
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