Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Business

Should fliers be charged by weight?

Airlines are always on the hunt to add fees for passengers. So how long will it be before airlines start charging for extra body weight?

In a new study, Bharat Bhatta, an associate professor in Sogn og Fjordane University College in Norway, concluded that it takes more fuel to transport heavier people and obese fliers produce more wear and tear on seats. Bhatta's scenarios for charging based on a passenger's size:

• Set a fixed rate per pound so that a person weighing 130 pounds would pay half the airfare of a 260-pound person.

• A fixed "base fare" for average weight passengers, either charging an extra fee for heavier fliers or offering a refund to skinnier ones.

• Create a fare tier based on whether passengers are at, below, or above average weight.

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