Diet to save the airline industry!

by Volker Weber

ATLANTA -- Heavy suitcases aren't the only things weighing down airplanes and requiring them to burn more fuel, pushing up the cost of flights. A new government study reveals that airlines increasingly have to worry more about the weight of their passengers.

America's growing waistlines are hurting the bottom lines of airline companies as the extra pounds on passengers are causing a drag on planes. Heavier fliers have created heftier fuel costs, according to the government study.

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This leads to a revolutionary new business idea: Ticket price by weight of the passenger. Wouldn´t that be just?

Jens Geisel, 2004-11-05

It's not only fuel-cost, if you ever had the "delight" to sit next to an obese person on a plane (especially on long distance), you know that this is somewhat unenjoyable, because those people take up a lot of your space, too. Thats especially bad in economy class ;)
I resort to ask the flight attendance for a new seat somewhere else, because I paid for the flight (btw, the same price as the obese person) and I don't want it to be something stressful.

Mike Hartmann, 2004-11-05

a friend of mine reported that one of these "heavy guys" was forced to purchase a second ticket when he checked in for a flight with one of our german low fair airlines. If you ever had this delight like Mike, you know its not only the space these guys need...

Alexander Kluge, 2004-11-05

Ticket price by weight of the passenger. Wouldn´t that be just?

So if you're taller and therefore weigh more than a shorter person you should pay more? Yeah right.

Sounds about as just as having to pay by first name. I suggest anyone called Jens should pay more. Sounds just to me.

Armin Grewe, 2004-11-05

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