First class passengers blamed for global warming

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  1. sobore
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    http://travel.aol.co.uk/2013/06/15/first-class-passengers-blamed-for-global-warming/

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    We all know that flying first class has a much bigger impact on our bank accounts, but new research suggests that it can also be more damaging to the environment than economy travel.

    Quartz reports that sitting in first class means that your carbon footprint is much higher than if you travel in economy, largely because the more expensive seats take up more space and first class passengers tend to take more luggage. The extra weight means that more fuel is burnt during the flight, while the reduced number of travelers who can fit in the first class cabin, especially if some seats are left empty, means that more fuel is burnt per person.

    As a result, the Daily Mail reports that the average economy class passenger has a carbon footprint of 0.76, and a business class traveler has a carbon footprint of 2.30 - while a first class passenger has a carbon footprint of 6.89. This means that first class passengers have a carbon footprint that is around nine times higher than those who travel in coach.

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  2. NYBanker
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    Asinine.

    Maybe I won't go to carbon jail if I travel with just hand luggage?

    (And, goodness, I hope that picture is just business class, not first! ;))
     
  3. Gargoyle
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    I get the impression that, when they do these calculations, they don't figure in that (A) the plane is carrying more weight and mass in cargo than in humans and (B) because of cargo demands and the need for consistent scheduling, the plane will be flying that route whether or not one individual books a first class seat.

    If someone regularly orders things from Amazon or EBay, does anyone publish articles about their carbon footprint? All those packages being shipped certainly add up.
     
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    In so many words.. I don't care...
     
  5. diver90
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    This reminds of the Salon.com article that called the priority lines another symbol of the unfairness enjoyed by the 1%ers. Idiots.
     

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