Airlines considering weighing passengers

United States
June 4, 2008 8:19am CST
Some airlines are considering weighing passengers and charging them accordingly... Do you think this is a good idea? Do you think people will do it? Or would there be disputes at the airports?
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• United States
4 Jun 08
I feel like this, if they are going to make me step on a scale and then charge me according to my weight. I want a seat that is size suitable for my weight and width. It would only be fair since they are forcing weight descrimination. And since I would be paying per pound, why should I have to sit in the same seat as a hundred pounder?
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
4 Jun 08
I agree with you if we pay more for a seat I want more seat!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
4 Jun 08
I am fat and would not fly with any company that would put me on a scale. If they don't want my business fine I won't fly with them. I would only fly with an airline that doesn't discriminate. Maybe Obese Air.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I heard about that on the radio and, the dj's who were talking about it today all agreed that they don't have a problem with it when it pertains to puddle jumpers/small planes. But, when it is for a large flight, it seems unfair. The puddle jumpers/small planes should do it to ensure the safety of the flight as they can't carry as much weight. That was their agreement on it. I don't really know what I think about this. I don't like that people will be charging me based on my weight but, I am one of the lucky people because my weight is less than others so my weight will cost me less than others. I know that the motivation behind it is to cover the cost of fuel but, it is their vehicle. No one pays for my gas for the vehicle that I chose to drive to my job, to get groceries, to run around in. But, I am being charged for others to run their vehicles of choice. The mail carrier, the airlines, the lawn guy, package carriers. Everyone is raising their prices so that they can afford gas. What? When do I get to do that? You chose to drive a vehicle and you chose what vehicle you drive...why does that affect me and how much more I have to pay as a passenger or as a person who already provides you a likely exorbitant price for a service rendered. Screw that! It ticks me off! Perhaps I should charge them for the gas that it took me to get to the airport! That is my fuel surcharge!
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• India
4 Jun 08
That is not an agreeable approach in my opinion. Weighing passengers means they are looked as commodities, which i feel is a gross inhuman behavior. But these are opinions of mine. May be wrong from another one's point of view. After all we are here to share our feelings, isn't it? Take care flowerchilde.
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@eleache (83)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Not really sure if that is a really good idea, cuz I think it will cause disputes, but at the same time I understand why they would do that... With the way fuel prices are consistently going up, the airlines seem to be taking whatever measure they can to be sure they are able to pay the price for fuel, and cut down on how much they use. Naturally there is a weight limit on flights or well any aircraft there is. The more weight that is on an aircraft the more fuel it uses to run the engines and maintain lift. But while this is fair on the airlines side, doesn't mean it is fair for everyone else
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