An airline that covers the Pacific is now requiring passengers to pay tickets based on their weight.
Air Samoa Airlines, which covers the Pacific region, including the Cook Islands, American Samoa and Tonga, implemented a new policy for air ticket pricing that requires passengers to pay their tickets according to how much they weigh. Yep, that's right. Passengers that want to fly the airline can estimate their plane ticket prices by punching their approximate weight into an online booking engine.
But, don't think that you can lie about your weight like many of us do on our driver's licenses. Anyone flying Air Samoa will be weighed at the airport. Airfare is being charged based upon how many kilos/pounds the passenger weighs.
New Airline Charges
Forget about baggage fees. Under the policy of these new airline charges, passengers will be charged based on how much they weigh, along with how much their baggage weighs. The rates begin at $1 per kilo, which translates into 2.2 pounds. Longer flights can be as high as $4.16 per kilo.
According to the company, "a kilo is a kilo," whether it's a person or a bag. However, Samoa Airlines is being accused that their new policy is discriminatory to those that may be overweight.
Since this new policy "came to light," Air Samoa Airlines has defended their policy, stating that the new rule will raise awareness of overweight health issues and obesity. They have further stated that the new policy is helping in the Tonga region and that while the people in the Pacific region tend to be overweight, the policy is helping passengers become more weight conscious.
Though this sounds a bit strange, the flip-side is that if you have children, they only pay by kilos/pounds rather than being charged a seat, which can work to your advantage.
This is certainly interesting, controversial news and I wonder if other airlines may follow suit and charge for airline tickets based on weight.
What do you think about this policy? Do you think this could happen in the United States?