(Closed) Pay what you weigh…Step on a scale before you fly!

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Sounds awesome to me I’m a tiny tot 😀

Post # 4
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That’s stupid. 

Post # 5
11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

well, that would encourage me to stay on my diet.

Post # 6
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Haha, I’d be to embaressed to ever fly!!

i can see the logic, but I don’t see how it could possibly work. Too much of an uproar.

Post # 7
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

If they do weigh people, it should be them plus everything they bring on the plane. All carry ons, checked bags, strollers, babies, etc. That’s the only way they can justify it! If its a matter of fuel use, everything that enters the plane should be weighed. I do sort of understand their POV but what’s next then? Weighing your car on toll roads? Paying more for medium vs. small shirts? 

It’s also kinda silly because muscle is more dense than fat, so a 170lb woman who is a body builder will be physically smaller than a woman with little muscle mass. So it couldnt be about fitting in your seat…

Post # 8
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@BoxerLady:  I didn’t read the article… Do you pay by pound, or ten pound increments, or something? I think it stinks and doesn’t make sense. Then we can have a bunch of half delirious people about the pass out while going through security because they’re on crash diet so they can pay less lol. And how would you book your flight? Guess how much you will weigh at the time you fly and they adjust it when you check in? How do they account for clothing? What about PMS bloat? lol

Post # 10
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

From what I heard on the radio this morning it is per pound and it also includes whatever carry on luggage included in the weighing. Personally I find it demeaning

Post # 11
2755 posts
Sugar bee

As someone who has greatly struggled with weight for my entire life, this would pretty much guarantee I would never fly again. I have already felt a LOT of shame trying to squeeze into too-tiny seats and request the occasional seatbelt extender. I realize that I am larger than some other people, but that doesn’t make me less of a person or diminish my capacity to feel.

And guess what? I eat healthy and work out 3x a week or more (which includes running). My good friend Rachel is 102 lb. soaking wet and she NEVER works out and eats nothing but pasta, pizza and fruit snacks. Why does she get to fly for cheap but I don’t simply because we are built differently?

Punishing people by shaming them for their existence is not going to create healthy, happy human beings. The years when I was bullied and shamed and tortured for my weight were the ones where I was TERRIFIED to work out in public and ate to compensate for all of my negative emotions. It took a lot of therapy to get myself to a point where I could go to the gym because of how much negativity I experienced growing up any time I was in an exercise setting (gym class, working out in college a couple of times and getting snorted at/significant glances from frat guys).

Post # 12
7524 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it would be hard to impose.  Take a 4’11” woman and a 6’7″ man.  How is a weight standard fair?  People can’t control their height – which to some extent provides their weight.

Post # 13
1159 posts
Bumble bee

My fiance is a pilot, back in the day he use to fly the small aircraft (10 seaters etc), similar to the ones that Air Samoa use.

They weigh all passengers and luggage on those planes. If the plane is full of heavy passengers, they can’t take as much luggage or “cargo” (Supplies for islands etc).

Sounds fair for small aircraft.


Post # 14
609 posts
Busy bee

I’ve been on many flights where the person next to me took up a portion of my personal, paid for space. I support this idea, but not going by pounds. I think the issue is the people who are more wide, as some people are heavy and carry their weight differently. 

Post # 15
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@BoxerLady:  How weird! I hadn’t heard this. As a bigger girl, I have definitely noticed the ongoing debate over airlines and weight restrictions. I don’t take up two seats or anything, but I do find that the seat belts run a little tight over my midsection occasionally.

As for your other examples, unfortunately I have seen these things. Plus sizes at some stores cost more (like, the same shirt will be $4 more as a 1x than a L) and I did have to pay extra for my ring sizee (a 10). I guess I understand the extra material cost, but I do think as far as the airline goes, charging by the pound is a little ridiculous. It seems like they should have the expectation of all sizes of people flying built into the cost of the ticket. I mean, how much more could a heavy person cost to fly than a light person? I’m pretty sure I don’t use any more gas when driving to work than my coworker who is thin…

Post # 16
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@eeniebeans:  Height was the first thing I thought of, too.

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