Samoa Air Now Charging Passengers by Their Weight
April 2, 2013 9:22 AM
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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
The Sydney Morning Herald
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RE: Fair is fair
4/2/2013 4:53:44 PM
Cebu Pacific (A domestic airline in Philippines) uses the model you suggest with a few modifications
GoLite fares(no baggage allowance)
Go fares (15kg baggage allowance)
20kg & 30kg prepaid baggage allowance
P150 per kg baggage charge at checkin for anything in excess of the Go fare allowance+prepaid baggage allowance.
I got dinged by this one last year ... I bought the 30kg allowance & a GoLite ticket and my bags weighed in at 31.5kg for an excess baggage charge of P150 paid at checkin.
The return flight with a 20kg prepaid allowance and 19kg of baggage netted no extra cost at checkin.
They also have eliminated the free onboard snacks and drinks. When the food cart comes out it you are charged for what you take. The mango pulpy drink was P20, but tasted good :)
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