Flying While Fat

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    sure, if they pick a base weight and refund to people under that weight the same amount/lb they charge the overweight.
     
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    Now I can agree with that one. :lol: They'd probably make another slim person share the same seat with me though just to make it profitable.
     
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    Totally fair. All goods shipped by truck, train, air, whatever are charged by weight. Why not people?
     
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    I supported United Airlines and Southwest charging obese people for an extra seat if they couldn't fit properly in a single seat. That's perfectly fair, since these people are using more passenger space, just as people with extra baggage are using more cargo space.

    Charging heavier people more because they use more fuel is just gouging.
     
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    "Gouging".... really?

    So if I take two packages down to the UPS store, one weighs four pounds and the other twenty, if they charge me more for the package weighing twenty pounds than the package weighing four, is UPS "GOUGING" me?
     
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    If a person's size makes it so they take up two seats then they should pay for two seats. Seems fairly straightforward; pay for what you use.

    How would they go about implementing this? Weighing people when they arrived? Weight doesn't always equal size. Having a row of seats so each individual would have to sit in the seat to make sure they only took up one seat? Possible. I can imagine that this would cause some passengers to be embarrassed or mortified though. Perhaps done in a private area would help.

    Oh, I didn't answer the question asked. lol I understand the premise but I'd stick to whether or not they took up more than one seat vs. pay per pound, because of the embarassment it would cause the customer. Again, if done in a private area that may help.
     
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    You bet... get weighed and measured.... in private.

    Just like UPS, Fedex or the Post Office does. The air lines are in the business of shipping people, so I think they have every right to charge as any other freight company.

    I'm not a little guy. I'm 6'2", 205 pounds, and I'd have no problem paying more than some little person. It's going to take less energy to get that smaller person from point A to point B than it will me, and energy in the form of JP8 jet fuel costs money.
     
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    Seems fair but the logistics of it . . . . how much more time would that take to then check in if one had to get weighed and measured? That sounds so odd, getting weighed and measured at the airport. Seems kind of like the people were cattle! Do they do this with luggage now? (I haven't flown in like 20 years so I am clueless to any airport procedures).
     
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    You can sit on my lap, maybe we'll get half price that way~! :lol:
     

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