Pay By Weight
Hopefully, the practice of basing airline ticket prices on the total weight of a passenger and their luggage combined, which a small airline located on the Samoa Islands has incorporated, won’t take off anytime soon with bigger commercial airlines. Because it’s not like there is any stress related to flying now days, what with making sure you remember not to pack nail files, tweezers, or liquid deodorants, keeping up with the ever changing size allowance for carry-ons, and oh yes, stripping down to go through security. Add to that a required personal body weigh in at the airport and air travel would just get better and better. Perhaps if airlines were to add the bonus of “tooth pulling” while waiting in the airport security line the experience could be complete. So many questions come to mind though. Would a person be weighed while holding a purse, cell phone, or game pads? It is obviously quite controversial. What do you think? Is charging passengers based on the total weight of their luggage and their bodies something bigger airlines should consider? Samoa Air says this makes sure you can travel happy, “knowing full well that you are only paying for exactly what you weigh and nothing more”.