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Airline to Start Charging Passengers Based on Weight
by JC,posted Apr 4 2013 3:25PM
Somoa Air will become the first airline to adopt the idea of charging passengers based on their weight with a "pay as you weigh" pricing plan. Under the new policy, passengers are weighed on scales at the airport, and then pay a price that varies depending on the length of the flight. Ticket prices range from $1 a kilogram on the shortest domestic routes, to about $4.16 a kilogram. The chief executive of the airline says this is the fairest way: "There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything -- it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo." The airline also says the new policy helps to raise public awareness about health and obesity issues.