Airlines should charge 'fat tax' on obese travellers because their extra weight burns more fuel...

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    || Airlines should charge 'fat tax' on obese travellers because their extra weight burns more fuel, says Professor ||

    Seems popular to fragment people more and more. :(:eek:
     
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    This issue come up from time to time and the word discrimination is always thrown around.
    Imagine the long lines as people are waiting to step on the scale. :eek:
     
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    It should be done as BMI rather than weight. Some people may have more weight but it is muscle and not adipose tissue.
     
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    BMI doesn't account for body build though. For example. My shoulders are about two inches wider than most peoples and my arms are three inches longer than most people of similar height which adds extra weight and pushes me from overweight in to obese, while by most other measures I am simply overweight...and most people who meet me just think I am average considering my build.
     
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    To help with that "discrimination" word that floats around it might not be best to separate people based on body type and stick to only total weight. If the reason for this is fuel usage, than it shouldn't matter what that weight is from.

    That said, I think it's a horrible idea in any case.
     
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    What if you are so large that your flab oozes into the seat next to you?

    This happened to me on a rather long flight and I was most uncomfortable. I think this large person should have been respectful and bought 2 tickets.
     
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    Why does that matter? The proposal is not intended to punish people for not attaining whatever the current fashionable ideal body type is but simply to account for the fuel used to transport them. Only net weight would count.

    Obviously, children would get a substantial discount under this plan.
     
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    This guy says: "Go ahead and charge me by the pound, I don't care"

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm sad to see him this way. :(
     
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    Perhaps it could be a total weight of person plus luggage. People who are light can take more luggage while heavy people take less.
     
  12. i don't think it's discrimination at all, it cld be set up for punters to provide a medical certificate if they have a legitimate problem, but lets face it, 95% of obese people are obese because they eat like pigs and burden people that can control their dietary intake, via the fuel costs, but also substantial costs to taxpayers for subsidising their medical care, Bloomberg in NYC has tried to push through city laws banning all the ugly ridiculous pig drinks etc but was overturned of course, in the interests of individual rights (a sensitive issue in the land of the free) obese people feel free to kill yourselves by being pigs but pls don't add to the cost the healthcare system and taxpayers to support you.
     
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    happened to me on a ORD-SEA fligt ~ 1 week ago. made for an extremely uncomfortable flight, the damn handrest wouldnt even go down. :(
     
  14. that would be my point. If a 225 pound person flies with no checked baggage and a 175 pound person flies with 50 pounds of checked luggage, what difference ids it to the overal weight on the plane.
     
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    In this scenario are the individuals flying elites or non-elites, as there might be fees for checked bags? :D
     
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    Funny, seeing how the avatar you've chosen to use shows a person smoking!
     
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    While fat percent is a far better measure of health than weight alone, if used for airline surcharges it would be discrimination. On the other hand, if airlines used weight, with a surcharge for anyone over midpoint and an equal credit for anyone under, it would be aligned with costs and hence defensible.
     
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    Guess it would also save on lav costs too since a lot of passengers will be sure to evacuate before the weigh-in ;). RyanAir, are you listening?
     
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    Not really...I've been on plenty of prop planes where the FA moves pax around for weight and balance.

    Thing is, the FA always seemed to go strictly by where people were sitting, not who was heavy.
     
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    I haven't personally experienced scales, but I'm told they were employed at some prop gates, with people stepping on them to be weighed prior to being assigned a seat.
     
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    Airlines are supposed to have policies and procedures for this now. Typically, there is a rule such as "must be able to sit in seat with seat belt fastened and not have any part of one's body in an adjoining seat area." If I recall correctly, Southwest says that if a passenger can't meet this test, the pax must purchase two tickets, but one will be refunded if the flight isn't full.
     
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    Maybe they should start charging to use the airport toilets?
     
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  24. i happen to be a big fan of [​IMG]:)
     
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    Rereading now, five years later, I'm struck by how cheap the excess charges were. $6 for a bag, $4 for flab?

     
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