Should airlines charge passengers by weight?

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A Norwegian Professor says airlines should charge overweight passengers more, according to a report.

Dr. Bharat Bhatta says it's "only fair" that heavier passengers pay more to fly. He says it's not discriminatory, but rather simple math.

“Because I am a straight up economist, for me, it is not discriminatory at all,” Bhatta tells “Weight equals money. The heavier the plane, the more fuel it takes to move it, and the more it costs.”

Samoa Air, a private operator, is already charging by the pound.

Its website proclaims: “Samoa Air, Introducing a world first; ‘Pay only for what you weigh’! We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh.”

Other airlines are dealing with weight issues in other ways. Quantas is installing carbon fiber seats to lighten the load so it can save money on fuel.

Read more: Telegraph

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