Excess baggage – of market opportunity?

Continuing my onslaught on minorities, this time I will join the medical profession and condemn obese people and their burden on transport – but also turn this into an opportunity for airlines.

Why is it that people pay so much money for 1st class seats? Because they can’t stand sitting next to an elephant with elbows jutting into their ribs? Or because they are an elephant themselves?

But why pay more for more? Why not pay less for less? After all, flying costs are directly linked to the weight of passengers and cargo (which, incidentally, is charged by the kilo and size).

The population is getting fatter. Is this why the baggage allowance on some airlines used to be 25 kilos and is now only 20 kilos? As a very slender companion once pointed out, nobody charges oversized passengers for their excess kilos!

Fair treatment for all

Fair treatment for all

I once turned up for a flight with one suitcase between 2 people, weighing no more than 15 kilos. But were we rewarded? No. On another occasion, the only time I was a couple of kilos over the allowance, I got into an argument about penalties. But nobody charged the huge person sitting next to me on the aeroplane for their excess flab!

My solution – backing up calls from the medical profession: let’s encourage people to take less weight onto aircraft and link the price of airline tickets to the TOTAL WEIGHT of a) the passenger and b) their luggage.

Name of the airline: Slimline? Lightair? Whatever. I know who’d use it! And who wouldn’t.

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