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Posted: April 2nd, 2013
First airlines to adopt “pay as you weigh”

You probably never heard of it much less flown on it, but Samoa Air is making history. It’s the first airlines that will charge overweight passengers extra to fly its friendly skies.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the airlines says it’s only fair that passengers who weigh more should pay more.

“Under the new system, Samoa Air passengers must type in their weight and the weight of their baggage into the online booking section of the airline’s website. The rates vary depending on the distance flown: from $1 per kilogram on the airline’s shortest domestic route to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel between Samoa and American Samoa.”

One kilo is roughly 2.2 pounds.

Perhaps the most controversial element of the new procedure is that passengers will then be weighed on scales at the airport, to check that they weren’t lying online.

Samoa Air’s CEO was quoted as saying that the move should ultimately help improve the overall health of those flying on its planes. But, as you can imagine, it’s been met with some pretty strong responses. What do you think?

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