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I like this idea. Bloomberg and I could find some common ground here. Not fair that I have to pay the same as some fat fuck who spills over into adjacent seats and weighs down the plane. Southwest got out in front of this years ago by forcing "passengers of size" to pay for an extra seat. Time to charge by the pound.
NYCTerp is now OCTerp
They are going to have to come up with a way to make the space flexible to get that to work.
So Christie is campaigning by car I guess.
It would be kind of awesome if there was a scale right before you got on that flashed your weight to everyone in the gate. Would make waiting for a flight a lot more interesting - could make bets with your buddies on how much some passengers would come in at.
Also I bet if this ever happens, it will be BMI not strict weight, as it would be discriminatory to charge taller people more than midgets and children.
Also can you imagine if this happens as described? Companies will start favoring petite women and asians for the travel based jobs.
im thinking flat fare plus xx$ per pound. since unless you are so fat you need two seats, everyone takes up the same amount of volume on the plane, so flat number for the seat. then add per pound for the amount of fuel it costs to move your fat ass.
example: lets take LGA-FLL, a heavily traveled route. avg r/t fare now is probably like $250 if you buy in advance. so my model would be flat fee of $100 plus $1/lb. include carry on luggage in this calculation. so someone weighing 150 lbs with no bag pays what they pay now. gives an incentive to people to lose weight and travel light. still charge extra for checked luggage of course.
Gender discrimination, imo.
NYCTerp also supports 'pay for your gay,' where you get cheaper airfare based on how straight you are.
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
if it's just about weight, height shouldn't matter. heavier people burn more fuel, whether they are short and fat or tall and lean.
gays already have their own airline. its called virgin america
Yeah but I can't see them not getting sued for discrimination, or the other results I noted.
Well, if you are going to apply the BMI on an individual basis then you are also going to be mis-categorizing muscular/athletic folks, too. According to the BMI, Vernon Davis is obese.
if Dr. Bharat P. Bhatta, associate professor of economics at Sogn og Fjordane University College, proposes it, IT MUST BE DONE!
that doesn't even make sense as a joke.
Since the airlines are all about shrinking seats and cramping legroom, there is going to have to be some give from them on this as well before it ever gets discussed seriously.
Basically you are just advocating against tall people more than anything .
You are guaranteed to be in every weight-based thread. Now we just need to wait for the twins take on this matter.
Degree value plummeting.
so you're saying it wouldn't be discriminating against fat people, but would be against tall people?
Yeah but us tall people "pay" in other ways because it's so uncomfortable if not in exit row/first class
yep. People can't control their height.
Oh and there will definitely be lawsuits from fat people too.
I think he is going with the original argument and hypothetically going along with discriminating against fat people, but not others
to be clear I am not for any of this, I am just thinking about how it would go down.
I'm basing that on the extra charge seats with more legroom on just about every airline now. I can't see how they'd price a "heavy person" seat vs an "extra legroom" seat without some modification to seat width, etc.
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It could also be argued that this policy promotes eating disorders, since anorexics will be rewarded.
it doesn't matter what you can or can't control. it's not about healthy weight people getting cheaper fares than obese people, it's about paying for your share of fuel consumption.
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