It’s just a theory from a professor, but the idea is beginning to catch attention: your airplane fares being determined by your actual weight. This means that if you’ve got some extra pounds, you could literally be paying for your excess weight in the eyes of the airlines. The offending study is actually from the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, and the professor is Dr. Bharat P. Bhatta. The professor stated that taking into account the weight of something is necessary for something like flying from place to place, because it can affect fuel consumption. Since airlines are looking for any way to cut fees, chances are good that they might go with this. You need to really step back and think whether or not you want to support something like this if it goes through. Only through your voice will the airlines know that this isn’t a good idea.
It’s hard not to feel like the proposal is discriminatory. Obesity is indeed on the rise, but it’s not necessarily an easy fix to implement. You have to be aware of the fact that not everyone is overweight merely because they’re taking in too much food. Reactions to medicine or even undisclosed allergies can really keep you from getting the type of body that you really want. However, if the airlines pass this — there won’t be any medical exceptions made.
Charging airline goers for how much they weigh — as well as their baggage — would be a game changer, though not in the way that the airlines intend. There is already mounting opposition to this proposal, considering how high fares are going these days anyway.
The editor of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management agreed with Dr. Bhatta, but it will take time to tell whether or not this policy will be implemented. The proposal initially calls for price additions or reductions for extra weight above a certain limit. This would create problems as the question would naturally be: just what weight would be set as the standard? Also, this would not take into the account the natural increase in weight that comes from being taller than someone else. It is quite possible to be 100kg at higher heights.
What do you think? Is this a good policy for the airlines? Will it affect the way that you travel now, or will you find other ways to get from place to place? Let us know!