One way of not going bankrupt is to cut expenses. The other way is to see things differently and attract more customers. Samoa Air has chosen the second way of doing things by charging airplane passengers based on their weight – the fatter you are, the more you pay – and it seems fair enough to me.
Based in the Samoa Islands in the Pacific, the airline even includes a calculator on their website to let users know upfront the amount of money that they’ll have to get out of their pockets.
Now this is a bit green, too. If you encourage people to lose weight in order to pay less (when commuting, for example), you also encourage fuel savings for your company and hence less carbon dioxide emitted.
Of course, a passenger having double the weight of another
won’t will pay double, but if you weigh 100 pounds (they’ll weigh you at the airport) you will save and be greener. I think it’s a nice idea, and I thank treehugger for bringing up the topic.
So, please input your opinion on Samoa’s decision – we’re curious what our readers have to say about this.
Update: I was wrong – you will pay double if you weigh 200 pounds than the guy/gal next to you weighing 100 – just tried the calculator.