Skip to comments.Academic calls for pay as you weigh flight fares
Posted on 03/24/2013 6:09:12 PM PDT by markomalley
Charging overweight fliers more would help carriers recoup the cost of the extra fuel required to carry them.
The idea has been floated in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management publication, by Bharat P Bhatta, an academic in Norway.
He suggests three methods of implementing the scheme. A straightforward price per kilogram, a fixed low fare with heavier passengers paying a surcharge and lighter passengers being offered a discount.
The third option would see passengers divided into three bands heavy, normal and light and being charged accordingly.
I think the simplest way to implement this would be for passengers to declare their weight when buying a plane ticket, Dr Bhatta Sogn og Fjordane University College told The Daily Telegraph. This would save time and eliminate expense.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Punish people for their flaws and make money doing it. It’s the liberal way.
Didn’t some airline have a marketing gimmick like this 20-30 years ago?
Public transportation is always subsidized and never makes any where near break even income. So why can’t riders pay the total cost of transportation?
How about we charge academics for their increased drag on society.
So who do you think should mandate how the airline structures their pricing?
this would disproportionally target democrats.
especially the middle aged black women who the CDC finds are the fattest of the Fatties.
And Hispanics after them
How about letting the competing airlines set their rates in any manner they see fit, and let the market decide...
Same goes for passengers.
I'm all for letting the market handle it.
Why not tie this into the TSA screening. Clearly a groper is going to have a good feel, so-to-speak, for how rotund each enroute passenger is, and what weight factor they will be on the flight.
Shouldn’t a TSA screening suffice as a medical checkup?
I’d presume its a matter of time before TSA screening, TSA x-rays, your personal rotundity level, will be linked up with your Øbamacare record.
Why don’t we just produce more gas since electric jet airlines will not be happening anytime soon?
If the brothels adopt the inverse I could probably live with it.
Lol, during the 1980s I smoked (since quit) and had a coworker who was forty or so pounds overweight. He liked to take the moral high ground concerning smoking, an anti-smoking Nazi, but of course, didn’t think his extra forty or so pounds merited any criticism.
I once told him that one day he and other overweight passengers would be charged extra by airlines since weight was a major restriction on how much a plane could carry, and therefore, how much profit could be made.
He thought I was nuts, but I assured him that there were people who’d try to make it so some day. Don’t know if it will happen, but I’d forward this to him if I know his email address.
I am getting a little tired of this discrimination of heavy people.
First we have the Wide Load Michelle trying to tell us how to raise our children. Then we have CVS telling their employees what to do and how much to weigh, then we have Doctors required to pimp on us to the Govt. in Obamacare.
We cannot discriminate against illegals, minorities,Muslims, gays, or idiots, but it’s fine to crap all over heavier peopl. The hell with that.
1. One big difference is that freight transportation involves handling of the product in a way that passenger transportation does not. Freight is inanimate and has to be handled often at multiple different points in the transportation process. Almost all passengers, on the other hand, move themselves to and from their seats.
2. Related to #1 ... To get a sense of how big a factor the "handling" process is in transportation, just look at container shipping. Because a shipping container filled with styrofoam peanuts is handled the same way as a container filled with a densely packaged product, there is no difference in shipping costs between the two.
Personally, I have no problem with an airline charging based on passenger weight. But you can be sure that there would be hell to pay when half of the overweight passengers come up with some kind of "disability" that makes the whole plan unworkable.
Nice honest Norwegian name there. I'll be he loves his cross-country skiing.
That's the way it should be but you know when an academic proposes something it usually involves a government regulation or mandate and a grant to him to study it.
Well I certainly see the basis of this idea-pay by weight has always been the norm for any other kind of shipping. As a tall guy though, I’m not particularly fond of the idea if it is strictly by weight compared to the current system. I am by no means fat as far as seat width goes, but I carry the weight of my height.
No native Norwegian would be caught dead coming up with such a politically-incorrect pricing methodology.
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