If you plan on flying Samoa Air anytime soon, be prepared to pay for your extra baggage in more ways than one, because the airline is now charging passengers according to bodyweight.
That’s right – the more you weigh, the more you pay.
It may seem ridiculous or even discriminatory, but CEO of Samoa Air, Chris Langton, thinks he’s on to something big:
“Once people have acknowledged that the airplane runs by weight and not by seats, it makes it a lot easier for them to understand. And also by the time they come back to us a second time around they have had time to digest that information and recognize that it’s actually the fairest possible system of air carriage that’s available.”
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One passenger disagrees, saying flying and dieting are best kept apart:
“I don’t think it’s really fair, because the skinny people will be paying less and the bigger people will be paying a whole lot more. And I’ve got a bit of weight – and I’m trying to lose weight – so if I go right now it will be quite expensive, so I’ll have to go and do some training to get a cheaper fare.”
This passenger’s objections are likely to be echoed elsewhere in the country, as the World Health Organization says nearly 60% of Samoans are considered obese.