Samoa Air: The first to charge passengers by weight
Weighing scale, by jdurham
I’ve often ranted about how focused on the bottom line airlines are these days. Low-cost airlines, in particular, seem to want to charge for everything from baggage to toilet access. I knew it was only a matter of time before airlines started charging by the weight of the passenger. I just didn’t think it would happen this soon.
Samoa Air has announced that it will start charging by total weight, including the passenger’s and the luggage. Charges will range from $1 per kilogram on domestic routes to $4.16 per kilogram on flights between Samoa and American Samoa.
Increasing problems with obesity in the Pacific has prompted the airline to take this drastic measure. Samoa is often listed among the top 10 countries with obesity problems. With this new policy, Samoa Air CEO, Chris Langton, hopes to promote health and obesity awareness.
It may be, as Mr. Langton says, “the fairest way to fly,” and it will certainly benefit a tiny Asian like me. Langton also claims that flying with children will now be a lot cheaper. But I can’t help but wonder how this new policy will go down with the Samoans.