Tue, Apr 2, 2013
Samoa Air has become the first airline in the world to begin charging passengers based on their weight.
Under their new “pay as you weigh” system, passengers must type in their body weight and the weight of their baggage into the online booking section of the airline’s website.
The rates vary depending on the distance flown, ranging from $1 per kilogram on the shortest domestic route, to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel between Samoa and American Samoa.
Passengers are then weighed again on scales at the airport, to confirm the weight they entered online.
Like many Pacific island nations, Samoa has a serious obesity problem. Upwards of 90% of the adult population is considered overweight or obese.
The chief executive of Samoa Air, Chris Langton, believes his airline’s new policy will help promote health and obesity awareness.
He also says it could benefit families with small children, who will pay less for their seats.
What do you think of Samoa Air’s new pricing policy? Will it be long before we see this system adopted in other parts of the world?