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Airline Starts to Charge By the Pound

If you think flying is expensive now, just wait, it might get worst.  If you weigh more than you want to and you want to fly anywhere you might want to finally lose those pounds. 

Apparently, there is a airline called Samoa Air, who is now starting to charge people by their weight to fly.  The premise is pretty simple, you step on a scale with your bag and you are charged what you and your bag weigh.

According to their website

Samoa Air, Introducing a world first:

‘Pay only for what you weigh’!

We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh. 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. Simple.

The Sky’s the Limit!

Now, its quite possible you will never fly on Samoa Air,  but now that they have raised the bar, it is possible other airlines may take suit.

In this world of how can we make more money.  This airline has taken it upon themselves to do just that but in the worst possible way.  Hey let’s shame our customers.  Oh look you’re fat, we’re gonna point that out and make you feel even worse about yourself and charge you more for your fatness.

NEWSFLASH: people who are fat know they are fat and 9 times out of 10 they are embarrassed about it.  So let’s take that embarrassment even further and let the world know they have to pay $1000 to fly rather than $500 because they are fat.

I honestly hope the rest of the airlines do not follow this path because well it is just not nice. But, then again when did big corporations care about being nice.

So why did Samoa Air take this path, well it could be all about the money or maybe it has to do with actual weight.

According to

Pacific Islander Americans have a high rate of obesity , and Native Hawaiians and Samoans are among the most obese people in the world.


So is this airline benefiting from its county’s obesity rate?

Either way, I personally don’t think it is a good idea.  What are your thoughts?

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