I think we all knew this idea was going to float to the surface. An article on Bloomberg.com suggests that airlines might maybe, just possibly, consider weighing passengers and charging by the pound. As if we were freight.
Oh, wait. News flash. We ARE freight.
So I’ll fast-forward through all the airline bashing and outrage to this question: would it work? I think probably not.
As I pointed out in March (bash, bash, outrage, outrage) it’s the logical extension of charging a fee for luggage. The more weight on an aircraft, the argument goes, the more fuel it burns.
Except that, as somebody pointed out in a sage entry on FlyerTalk, airline ticket pricing isn’t about actual costs. It’s about supply and demand, and that’s why it can cost more to fly a short distance than a longer one.
If airlines want to get all logical about fares, they should get entirely logical and charge by weight and distance. There must be some formula. (How about fat x far = broke?)
Anyway, if they want to weigh me, they can weigh me with my luggage. At least I’ll be able to claim that I’m carrying lead pipes and bowling balls.