Post # 1
I was wondering what the Bees think of Samoa Air’s decision to charge passengers based on their weight. In Canada, we do have some airlines that charge passengers for two seats if they are using two seats. I think that is fair as air travel has historically been priced per seat. If you use one seat, you pay for one…If you use multiple seats, you should pay for multiple seats or else it is a very uncomfortable flight for the person next to you.
I just don’t think it’s fair that people who are using the standard one seat have to be weighed before they fly. Should people who wear x-large clothing have to pay a premium too? What about people with larger ring sizes, larger feet, etc.? Where does it end?! This hasn’t been brought over to North America as of yet (and I doubt it will). I’m sure human rights groups would go nuts and call it fat discrimination. I am by no means a tiny girl, but if I used two seats I’d be happy to pay for two. I am not happy to pay by the pound though!
I guess it would be an advantage for tiny people and children, and I suppose it does make sense because of fuel costs, etc. but it just doesn’t seem “fair.” How business minded of me 😛
You can find the article here: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134363552821877.html
Post # 3
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Sounds awesome to me I’m a tiny tot 😀
Post # 5
well, that would encourage me to stay on my diet.
Post # 6
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
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
@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 # 9
@BluePeaches: lol, too funny. There are so many variables. You pay by the pound, and you also pay for your luggage. Whatever weight you are bringing onto the plane – including yourself! – is charged by the pound based on the length of the flight.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
@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
@eeniebeans: Height was the first thing I thought of, too.