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Old Yesterday, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Baggage gets weighed. Passengers should also get weighed. I'm 100 pounds soak-n-wet. Why shouldn't someone who weighs three or four times that not pay more for the ride?
I agree. Airplane seats are not getting any bigger, so go ahead and charge that 280 pounder over there and their massive luggge extra for using up more airplane fuel due to their weight.

This should provide an incentive for folks to either slim down, or stop packing so much luggage (including carry ons they can’t fit in the overhead bin)
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Old Yesterday, 03:29 PM
 
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https://www.travelandleisure.com/air...ing-passengers

Interesting. I wonder if this would eventually be used to start charging heavier passengers an additional fee


High time to introduce this policy!

Why should I have to pay the same fare as those overweight slugs who cost the airlines more to operate?
The current system is monstrously unfair.

Fat shaming? You betcha! They need all the shaming we can heap upon them; something has to make them come to their senses.
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Old Yesterday, 03:51 PM
 
Location: equator
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Waiting for a commercial pilot to "weigh in" on this topic.

As the average person has gotten heavier and heavier, this has to have an effect on fuel consumption.

The "average weight" used for calculations MUST have increased---we would hope.

Or we are really flying by the seat of our pants.

I agree it would be fair to weigh passengers as we do luggage. It's science, not opinion.

You can bet your life they do it in smaller aircraft. A decade back, a 10-seater aircraft crashed on take-off in my former desert town. Overloaded.
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Old Yesterday, 03:55 PM
 
Location: BFE
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Smart move on the part of the airlines. Get people judging and bickering amongst each other (in this case, start a big fat-hate-fest), and they won't notice that you're introducing ridiculous policies to hose them. Divide and conquer, etc.
You nailed it. Just look at the posts in this thread.
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Old Yesterday, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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Waiting for a commercial pilot to "weigh in" on this topic.

As the average person has gotten heavier and heavier, this has to have an effect on fuel consumption.

The "average weight" used for calculations MUST have increased---we would hope.

Or we are really flying by the seat of our pants.

I agree it would be fair to weigh passengers as we do luggage. It's science, not opinion.

You can bet your life they do it in smaller aircraft. A decade back, a 10-seater aircraft crashed on take-off in my former desert town. Overloaded.
They already use a higher weight average per passenger. Trust me... they have it down to a science for weight, balance and fuel efficiency.
Folks trying to invent a better mouse trap.. funny.
Sounds like most of you have disdain for fat people and just want to punish them for taking up more space.

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Old Yesterday, 04:00 PM
 
Location: BFE
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Why should I have to pay the same fare as those overweight slugs who cost the airlines more to operate?
The current system is monstrously unfair.
Here Here!

And why should I have to pay as much as those damn Handicapped people who insist on ramps and elevators and stuff that cost business a butt-load?



And what's with short people?

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Old Yesterday, 04:01 PM
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Location: Somewhere.
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A simple way to weigh people without their knowledge: When you go to get your tickets, you step onto a rubberized area that weighs you. The ticket person see's the weight, but you don't. Could this work? They could also find a way to weigh you while going through the scanners.
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Old Yesterday, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Plainfield NJ
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So how does this making heavier people pay extra thing work? Over 150? Over 200? Over their recommended weight for their height? Over average? Someone who weighs 100 lbs soaking wet is probably 5'0 or close to it. My husband is over a foot taller than that and weighs almost double. But hes not overweight. So he has to pay double your fare simply because he exists? What do you intend to shame out of him?
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Old Yesterday, 04:29 PM
 
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So how does this making heavier people pay extra thing work? Over 150? Over 200? Over their recommended weight for their height? Over average? Someone who weighs 100 lbs soaking wet is probably 5'0 or close to it. My husband is over a foot taller than that and weighs almost double. But hes not overweight. So he has to pay double your fare simply because he exists? What do you intend to shame out of him?
It's not about fat, it's about weight. If he weighs more than the average guy, yes, he should pay more. X-large people pay more for X-large clothes because it takes more material to make the clothing. Why should an airplane ride be any different? I'm not shaming anyone. It costs more to fly heavy people, so pay your fair share.
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Old Yesterday, 04:34 PM
 
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A few years ago, before a Powell River to Vancouver flight, I had to sit on the baggage scales. Not because I was at all overweight, but, if I remember right, because of the heavy weight of my suitcase, they needed to check my weight too.
The only time in my life I took a chartered flight, it was for the downtown airport in Kansas City to a business meeting in Des Moines. They actually called a couple of days before and asked what I weighed! Cool flight- I had a picture taken of myself in front of the plane and posted it on FB.
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