A few years ago, Kevin Smith, actor and director, was asked to deplane from a Southwest Airlines flight due to his weight. Smith sent out a tweet about being “too fat to fly” that was heard around the Twitter-verse; leading to a flood of angry tweets and finally an apologetic blog from Southwest.
Now an airline, Samoa Air, has initiated a “pay as you weigh” system, charging by the kilo as opposed to the seat. Passengers must literally state their weight, and the weight of their luggage, and are then charged accordingly. Currently the cost is $1 per kilo for short flights, going on up to $4.16 per kilo for longer flights. And yes, passengers do have to weigh in so that the airline can ensure that they did not enter in a false weight. Wow!
This raises a lot of questions, not to mention eyebrows. Is it fair? Is it demeaning? Is it necessary? Is it a question of safety? Will we all need to start weighing in before flight (oh the horror!)? Will we soon be stopping at the luggage counter, the security gate and the weigh station (can I take off my shoes at the weigh station?)?
Will meeting planners soon not only ask for attendees names and food choices, but also for their current weight? Are we going to soon be discussing weight clauses for contracts?
I would love for you to weigh in with your opinion and thoughts! Please comment below!
*Thank you to the School of Communication at Loyola for the image!