Yahoo – Some airlines are beginning to charge obese customers for extra seats, but Samoa Air appears to be the first to adopt a “pay as you weigh” pricing plan. Passengers now must type in their weight and the weight of their baggage into the online booking section of the airline’s website.
I love this move by Samoa Air. Literally no way this does not work out in their favor long term. In the short term they are screwed. There will definitely be a an outcry from fatties about discrimination and this being unfair, but slowly they reap the benefits of this move. People will flock to all non Samoa Air flights on the basis of the belief this move is unjust. One airplane ride filled with the who’s who of Old Country Buffet All Star Squad and people will be running to book flights with Samoa Air. There is nothing on this planet worse than sitting next to, or heaven forbid in between, fat people on a plane. You were already not going to be comfortable, but now your two hour flight to beautiful Dayton Ohio is the worst experience of your life. Samoa Air has now given people the opportunity to at least have your arm on the armrest without touching someone’s back fat or seeing a plumber’s crack when they go chasing after a peanut that fell into the aisle.
I mean do you really want to lie to yourself and pretend you want Rikishi sitting next to you on an airplane. Sure it would be cool story to tell, but I much rather annoy him at the airport bar before I get on normal sized person flight.