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Samoans could pay anywhere from $1 to $4.16 per kilogram

Samoans will have to start paying a hefty fee to fly on Samoa Air if they're overweight. 

Samoa Air is the first airline to make customers pay as much as they weigh when flying on the airline. For overweight customers, this could mean big charges. 

"This is the fairest way of travelling," said Chris Langton, chief executive of Samoa Air. "There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo."

Customers will have to start typing in their weight when purchasing Samoa Air tickets online, and pay anywhere from about $1 to about $4.16 per kilogram (depending on whether they're traveling short domestic routes or between Samoa and American Samoa). 

Once arriving at the airport, the customers are weighed again to make sure they didn't lie online. 

Why is Samoa Air doing this? According to Langton, it's partially meant to raise awareness of obesity and health, since Samoa is often in the top 10 lists for obesity. 

"When you get into the Pacific, standard weight is substantially higher [than south-east Asia]," said Langton. "That's a health issue in some areas. [This payment system] has raised the awareness of weight."

The payment by weight system will have other benefits, such as safety measures where a plane can only handle so many overweight customers (larger passengers have to be evenly distributed on the plane for safety); families with young children could pay much less than what they're paying now, and carriers could gain the money lost on fuel for carrying heavier passengers. 

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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ticket price
By ssobol on 4/2/2013 10:15:06 AM , Rating: 2
Airline ticket pricing has very little to do with what it costs you to go from A to B. It is all about how much they can extract from the customers before they won't buy a ticket. Long ago I used to fly from SEA to MIA on a regular basis. If my company bought a ticket from SEA to MIA it was $2500. If they bought a ticket from SEA to MIA to SJO (Costa Rica) the ticket was $400. Based on the weight per mile cost this makes no sense at all.

A fairer way to charge people is by weight/mile. Or even just by the mile regardless of weight. If I was charged, for example, a dime a mile it would be pretty easy to figure out what a ticket should cost.

RE: ticket price
By tamalero on 4/2/2013 12:30:17 PM , Rating: 2
offer and demand brother.
if a flight route is extremely busy with lots of passengers, they will of course jack up the price since the route is more valuable and demanded.

RE: ticket price
By Jeffk464 on 4/3/2013 5:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I'm always amazed at how cheap it is to fly. When you look at the overhead the airlines have and just how expensive planes and parts are its hard to believe.

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