|Weigh more, pay more - Right or Wrong?|
Wednesday, 1st February 2012
Source : Martin Kelly
A survey of almost 2500 travellers by Travelzoo Australia reveals that almost one in three Australians believes airline passengers should be charged according to their weight.
Debate on this controversial topic was sparked yesterday by former Qantas Chief Economist Tony Webber who argued that “overweight” passengers should pay more to fly because airlines incur higher fuel costs to transport them.
The following question was part of a broader Travelzoo survey conducted in late December.
Airline baggage charges are calculated according to weight. On this basis, do you believe it is appropriate to charge people according to how much they weigh?
Mr Webber was quoted as saying: "I think it's discriminatory that people who watch their weight actually have to pay a higher airfare because of people who are overweight."
He advocates a system under which passengers would be charged extra for every kilo they are over a set weight limit. People who weighed less would pay less.