Topic for discussion: should airline ticket rates be based on a person's weight, to an extent?
@Tsaltydog, last plane I was on there was a dude sitting in the next section that had to buy two seats so he could sit I was like damn bro
@Tsaltydog, if they are seriously overweight, like 500+lbs then yes.
@Tsaltydog, as a fat person.... yes. I understand how math works and physical space isn’t nearly as important as weight. But I also want surcharges for small children too
@Tsaltydog, considering fuel accounts for about a third of your ticket price. They should weigh everything down to the your carry-ons poundage. This would make it cheaper for everyone willing to travel as light as possible.
@AJMalone, I mean, I'd lower it to 400+. 300 is still pretty heavy but for some people it's necessary if they have a job that requires it (sports mostly), but i can't think of a single reason why someone would need to be over 400 pounds
@Tsaltydog, nah, airlines charge enough as is
@Tsaltydog, not directly. I’m a 6’3”, 250lb man, and I don’t think it would be fair if I had to pay twice as much for plane tickets as a 5’1”, 125lb woman.
If you’re too fat to fit in one seat, you gotta pay for two. That’s the fairer arrangement.
@Tsaltydog, if they weight you with your luggage then absolutely. Then it's down to total net weight of you travelling
@BigJohnson86, agreed, children should cost more than anyone. Get those little sh!ts off the plane.
@Tsaltydog, yes, flat rate for flying, you pay per pound (or kilogram if you’re total cringe) includes you and your luggage. Upgrade fee for business, first class, etc. but everyone pays the same for flying. Also, the cost of fuel used for the flight should be shown/announced at the end of the flight.
@Hot Coffee, how is everyone paying the same if it’s per pound? If I’m a foot taller than you, that means I get to travel with less luggage?
@I Are Lebo, you make a good point. There is a good argument to be made that a per pound rate would penalize taller people. The best argument I can think of for keeping the ticket prices independent of weight is the industry is subsidized by the government. The subsidy basically mitigates the risk of variable passenger weight. If a per pound ticket price were instituted, I would expect an elimination of subsidies.
I still think it’s not an unreasonable proposition. I certainly wouldn’t benefit as I’m 6’ even and obese.
But y'all act too good for Southwest
Airlines spent billions on stock buybacks the last five years, using up almost all of their liquidity to artificially inflate their stock price.
Try £70 for 2 lbs over fml
$30? That's a deal
@Commander Peanuts, is this some kind of rich people joke I’m to poor to get? *checks bag for free on southwest*
@BigJohnson86, I don't fly very often but when I did, checking a bag was more than $30