Overweight people should pay more???

United States
April 3, 2013 10:35am CST
So I saw in CNN post in facebook that the next step is the "pay as you weigh" in airlines. Meaning those people who are overweight will pay more. Really? Yes, we do pay more if we have heavy items but a PERSON is not an item. Whats your thoughts?
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@Alechin (217)
• Slovak Republic
4 Apr 13
I agree with the policy. Being overweight brings many risks into your life. I think people should manage their weight. Overweight people require healthcare a lot more, they are less productive and suffer psychologically. I think the airlines are reacting to the increasing portion of overweight people in the population.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
4 Apr 13
I do agree on what Mike have to say on this. To be fair to all, maybe this step do have its pros. So, to see the bright sides of it, one should try to watch their diet and keep fit and healthy. It saves money and economical, save money on extra food and cheaper airline charges. However, this is just a personal view. I believe everyone have their take on this whether it is fair or not.
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@Mavic123456 (8052)
• Thailand
4 Apr 13
sure why not as long as there should be special thing for them such as bigger comfort room... bigger seats, bigger leg space, bigger baggage space... bigger path ways. bigger airbag, bigger life saver i pity those big passengers having their way on seats and comfort room that is so small. So I am YES HERE as long as there is some room and space for them
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@Deepak2J (1180)
• India
3 Apr 13
Yes. Too much overweight people should be charged more, but there should have bigger seats as well for them. Slightly fat people should not be charged more.
4 Apr 13
Who decides the weight limit? Would it matter if you were top heavy or bottom? What about how tall someone is? If they are very muscular?
@Deepak2J (1180)
• India
4 Apr 13
That's a very good point you just told. I think you are right. my father is also very tall.
@bounce58 (17555)
• Canada
9 Apr 13
I know that this isn't fair, and that we should respect everyone whatever shape they are in, but I do understand the concept. Although for just a few months, I worked in a big manufacturing plant which made airplanes. While I was there, I realized that there was a department dedicated to keeping the plane light. The job of the people there was to push technology so that lighter materials are used without compromising safety so that fuel economy was increased. So, if airlines want to save on fuel, they would want to maintain their load light. And thus charge more for heavier passengers.
@kheydia (883)
• Philippines
5 Apr 13
really, well maybe they need to build a new airline that would cater overweight people for that and make airplanes that would occupy overweight people so that they can make charges for that...If that is the case, i would be exercising so that i would not get fat...
@ShyBear88 (16779)
• United States
5 Apr 13
Wow I think that is just stupid, why have the person be weighted and have them pay more for being heavy. I'm sure they already know and don't need to be publicly humiliated to make them want to lose weight. Even people who are not over weight might get up set as well. I wouldn't fly if they started doing this. You are correct a person isn't an iteam.
• India
4 Apr 13
sounds strange!! why an overweight should pay more if he or she is just a passanger and is not a luggage????
@lizzyt2007 (1312)
• Craig, Alaska
4 Apr 13
That is riduculous. If that actually happened I am sure that most overweight people wouldn't fly or complain, or sue. No one has the right to judge or charge more based on someones weight. not everyone can help it.
@madhuvamsi (1185)
• India
4 Apr 13
Yes you are right people are not items to be weighted and give ticket. It is even embracing to some people who are obsessed and weight gain is not in their control. I see some people who are having hormone disorders and due to which they will gain weight even though they might not eat much. If any airlines charges extra for having more weight then they should give a seat which is comfortable to those who they think are over weight. But the seat will be same and charges high. Anyhow Airline travel for me is not much necessary in my country. Thankfully I do not have to see all these airlines gimmicks..
@cttolledo (1305)
• Philippines
4 Apr 13
That's unfair but if you think of it it could be resonable specially in the case of airlines wherein weight is in consideration in their flights because of obvious reason. maybe their are thinking to improve their service maybe they wanted to allocate special space for those big ones to make everyone comfortable as they fly.
• Philippines
4 Apr 13
Asians who are mostly less in height and weight wouldn't be affected much unless you really weigh more than a skinny 6-footer. I'm overweight too, but I'm only 5 feet tall and do not even weigh as much. But I'm guessing this will not push thru, otherwise it will subtly be discriminating.
@lsjapdoit (652)
• Indonesia
4 Apr 13
It is not fair for the overweight people, that's for sure. The airlines must have strong reasons and done proper researches before they take such an action.
@succeednow (1635)
• Singapore
4 Apr 13
Hi bluebutterfly, I have not seen or read the CNN report so I don't know what they mean by overweight. How do they determine what constitute an overweight person? In theory it's well that 'they pay as they weigh' as this is quite fair otherwise the other non-overweight people will have to pay for others' weight. But in practice it'll be really hard to implement like when do they pay for the overweight? - when they first buy the ticket or just when they are boarding? I'm sure there are lots of other difficult issues that the airline will encounter. Have a good day.
@danix1982 (593)
• Philippines
4 Apr 13
this is not good and against human rights, we should not implement this kind of rule. what about those people with serious illness that made them fat?or any other medical conditions that made them fat. they should see to it the pros and cons before implementing rules. just my point of view.
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
4 Apr 13
I think it is good to start doing some activities like walking and other exercise and also trying to have a good diet. I think most probably one tries to do walking and exercise and cut off junk foods and snacks one will lose weight.
• Pakistan
4 Apr 13
If airline apply this rule for people also then people should try to diet their eating plan who has fond of travelling so, they can travel more but you know that its today world and people do work which is expensive because we are going to be show off and we want to wear and travel on expensive things.
@jenny1015 (13398)
• Philippines
4 Apr 13
It is another marketing scheme, of course most especially for those who offer low fare rates. Maybe this is going to be experimental.
• United States
4 Apr 13
I don't think it's really fair for heavier people to pay more, but I can see where the airlines are coming from, but I rarely fly in airplanes these days so it doesn't really affect me.
@bjc66bjc (6746)
• United States
3 Apr 13
I have not read this yet but I did hear something about it but just not in details...But what I have heard I think its ridiculous...I would hope so many people would boycott that airline...