I saw an article link today about airlines charging more for heavier passengers. Apparently, this is a heated debate where some think you should pay-as-you-weigh. I didn't reply to the person who posted it on Twitter. He was totally for it and felt his wife should pay less for her airline ticket because she wasn't as heavy as he. It was his post, and I didn't agree with it, so I just left it alone. However, having said all that, this is MY blog, and so ...
I don't like this idea at all. I think it's discrimination. I also think it might cause lay-offs for heavier employees who are required to travel a lot. I believe it just makes people feel bad. I'm not going to get all into the details like the weight of the plane, how much fuel it burns, emissions, and all that stuff. I'm not that tech-smart to know what that all means. I just believe it will make people feel bad, and/or not want to fly. Aren't the airlines hurting enough as it is right now?
One of my biggest pet peeves about flying — and I have many — is that people are allowed to bring those large carry-on bags onto planes. Now that part I'm okay with. What bothers me are the people who bring ones on that they know are too big, so the flight attendants take them off and put them under with the other luggage. Once the plane lands, those passengers get their carry-on bags, which were too large to actually carry on, and then go off their happy way without having to pay a cent. What is up with that? Why should I be charged $40-$50 per suitcase, and they get off not having to pay for anything? How is that fair?
Charging someone by their weight doesn't seem right. I still don't understand why clothing manufacturers charge more for plus-sized items. Check it out next time you're at a store. Extra-small, small, medium, large, and extra-large items are usually the same prize. If you need a 1X, 2X, or higher, they charge you a couple of dollars more. Why is that? Is it because a 1X uses more fabric? If that's the case, shouldn't we be paying the LEAST amount for an extra-small item? It's not right, and it's certainly not fair.
I say charge everyone equally. If your carry-on gets pulled off the plane because it's too large, then you should be required to pay for it just like everyone else. It's that simple — at least in my simple mind. Maybe it's a totally different story for the airlines. If you're so heavy that you require two seats, then yeah, I get that maybe you should pay for that extra one. To charge for weight doesn't seem right to me. I hate flying,and they're not helping me like it more.