There have been a lot of rumors circulating about airlines starting to charge customers by their weight due to the increased cost of airline fuel. With the increased costs, I get the fact that airlines are trying to find any and every way to turn a profit, but THIS idea (or even the fact it is an idea) has by FAR gone TOO far!
Our culture is already obsessed with being thin! We are reminded of our inadequacies on every newstand, every fashion show, and every talk show telling us 15 ways to lose 20 pounds in 2 days. As a woman with some junk in the trunk, I find it completely APPALLING that airlines are thinking about stooping to this new low.
According to Yahoo News, Samoan Airlines has already started to charge passengers by their weight. Customers are required to guesstimate their weight and the weight of their bags. Then upon arriving at the airport they and their luggage are weighed to confirm their estimate! Granted this is an airline in Samoa, but rumors of this being tossed around by US airlines has been circulating the airwaves for the past few years.
Can you imagine it in the United States? You walk up to the airport they ask you for your tickets, if you are checking any bags, and if you can stand on that nifty little scale right next to the check in counter? This is one woman that would definitely NOT be happy!
I wouldn’t be happy because at the moment I am a bigger gal. I would be angry because of the inferences that it would be saying to larger passengers. By charging more expensive fairs for heavier passengers it would push even more travelers out of the market (meaning they couldn’t afford to fly), and I don’t know about you but that would tell me that they don’t care if they get my business or not.
It would be the indirect way for airlines to say “lose some weight fatty” if you want to be able to travel this year! How could you not take that personally. It’s already uncomfortable sitting in super small seats that only people with a size six butt fits in comfortably. (which for the record, I am sitting in right now as I write this post)
So, Crunchy readers what are your thoughts? For clarification we are talking about paying what you weigh when you still fit in your own seat, not buying an extra seat if you are a size that requires two seats to fit you.
Would you be comfortable jumping on a scale during the check in process of your next flight? Would you rather pay a little bit extra per ticket to avoid the pay what you weight some airlines are considering?