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Airline To Start Charging Passengers By Body Weight

You already have to pay extra if your suitcase is overweight.  Now, you’ll have to do the same for your body.

Samoa Air has just become the first airline to charge passengers based on how much they weigh.   A statement from the airline reads, “You are the master of your air ‘fair’, you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost. No more exorbitant excess baggage fees or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for.”

Samoa passengers will be asked to enter their estimated weight as well as the weight of their bags upon booking.  They’ll also be weighed at the airport to confirm they have paid the correct fare.

The airline says this method is the fairest way to determine prices, since customers are charged per pound instead of per seat.  They claim it makes sense because the more weight a plane holds, the more fuel is required.  Of course, it also means heavier people will have to pay more, which makes the policy controversial.

Samoa Air will charge up to $4.16 per pound for people and their luggage.

How do you feel about Samoa Air charging people based on their weight? Do you think other airlines will jump on the bandwagon?

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