Brits want fat flyers to pay more for airline tickets

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The majority of Brits think overweight passengers paying more is a good idea…

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A poll has revealed that 63% of Brits support the idea that passengers who weigh more, should pay more for flights abroad.

Samoa Air recently became the first airline to charge passengers by the kilo for their total weight – including luggage and body weight.

Research carried out by travel agent Sunshine.co.uk found that across the UK, people would support this plan being adopted by major airlines.

SAMOA AIR FIRST AIRLINE TO CHARGE BY PASSENGER WEIGHT

Those that are to benefit most from the scheme were obviously the ones who voted yes for the new 'pay as you weigh' idea as four out of five who backed the scheme didn't consider themselves to be overweight.

The plan is also thought to benefit families with children.

The support for the idea could be music to airlines ears as the biggest single cost of running a plane is fuel – and the more weight you carry, the more fuel you burn.

As fuel prices rise, airlines are having to come up with ways to reduce the weight of planes, including limiting cabin luggage and Ryanair also reduced the size of it's in-flight magazine from A4 to A5, a move which is believed to save the company £400,000 a year.

Head of Samoa air, Chris Langton, said on introducing the scheme, 'There is no doubt in my mind that this is the concept of the future. We always weigh the mass that is on an aircraft. And that always has to pay for the transportation, it doesn't matter whether you are carrying freight or people.'

Would you support the idea of paying for what you weigh, for luggage and body weight? VOTE NOW

Should people pay for what they weigh on flights?
Yes, this makes flying much fairer76.92%
I'm not sure on this one7.69%
No, I don't think this is on15.38%


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