It may sound like an April Fool’s joke, but one airline has come under much controversy after introducing a ‘pay for what you weigh’ system. Samoa Air has boldly stated on its website, “Booking a flight with us is as easy as inputting your approximate weight into our online booking engine (don’t worry, we will weigh you again at the airport) – you then can prepay your ‘guesstimate’, guaranteeing you that much weight is allocated to you for that flight.’
According to the Samoa Air Boss, Chris Langton, charging passengers by weight is the ‘fairest way of travelling’ – which has, needless to say, sparked much outrage amongst fliers. Many feel that their weight should not have to be shared, particularly at the airport when passengers are measured again on scales to make sure they were not cheating the online system. Mr Langton believes that this is a way to promote health and obesity awareness, but is this going too far? Although airlines do run on weight , many passengers argue they should not be charged more simply due to genetics whereas others are happy with the concept and believe that they should be paying less than overweight passengers taking up more seat space.
Mr Langton has stated that many families with children now pay cheaper fares and that this concept is one that benefits all as ‘there are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage of anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo’. He believes this will become a fixed pricing system in the future and could also contribute to helping safety standards.
As the world’s first airline to introduce this new policy, we wonder how this will affect future travellers and if it becomes a success, will this be the start of a whole new way of flying? What do you think? Let us know by sending in your comments!