Should thin people pay less to fly than heavier people?

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    May 06, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    So airlines are charging more and more for extra baggage.....so should a person who is carrying "extra baggage" be charged more than a thin person to fly?

    I saw this story on Nightline the other night... and I am not sure what I think.

    On one hand, it is cruel yes?

    On the other hand.....are thin people subsidizing heavier people? Since the argument is that more weight uses more fuel on planes...should a thiner person be able to bring on more baggage?


    What do you think?
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    May 06, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    Unless they can provide a doctor's note that their weight is from a medical condition or maybe a side effect of medication they're on, then they're basically fat because they're lazy. In that case I think they should either have to pay more or have a smaller allowance of the weight of their baggage.
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    May 06, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    yes
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    May 06, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    Well, when the person is of size that they need two seats, then they should get charged for two seats.

    When the person is of size that they should have two seats, then they should be charged for two seats.

    If the person just happens to weigh more... well, they normally fall into the first two stations. If they are magical and happen to weigh 350 to 400 and not need two seats by size, then I think we are in a very special place.
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    May 06, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    If they require two seats to sit in then probably?
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    May 06, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    If it effects the use of fuel to fly per pound, and the airlines are willing to do it for that reason, possibly a yes; but you'd have to get passed the courts and somewhat cruelness of the whole idea. Who would lose weight to save money on anything? icon_confused.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    uh no... only if 2 seats are required (and that does happen)
    we should *all* be paying more to fly... fares are way too fuckin low as it is and airlines are struggling.
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    May 06, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    Yes they should! I'm flying at least twice per month, and I always ask myself the same question!
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    May 06, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    Absolutely! It could promote a healthier nation.
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    May 06, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    The better way to handle this would be to give a "fitness discount" for being within ideal height and weight proportions.

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    May 06, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    What about the manorexics? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    It seems like nobody else thinks the doctor's note idea is usable. icon_neutral.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidWhat about the manorexics? icon_rolleyes.gif
    Don't think you can get Airlines to cheapen flights anymore for underweight people, just the charges on overweight people.
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    May 06, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    I just know it's stupid to have to pay to bring luggage when they have all that extra space FOR luggage. They act like it's an inconvenience now.
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    May 06, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    Roku saidI just know it's stupid to have to pay to bring luggage when they have all that extra space FOR luggage. They act like it's an inconvenience now.


    because it *is* an inconvenience. Everyone wants to fly for nothing which is completely absurd so the airlines have to get revenue from somewhere...
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    May 06, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    So, with me being a healthy weight for my height (6'6"), should I or shouldn't I pay more than a 5'3" almost non-person who weighs only 115 pounds? OR are we only talking about people that are a couple of standard deviations above or below the norm?
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    May 06, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    intensity69 saidSo, with me being a healthy weight for my height (6'6"), should I or shouldn't I pay more than a 5'3" almost non-person who weighs only 115 pounds? OR are we only talking about people that are a couple of standard deviations above or below the norm?


    Yeah, you tall freaks of nature keep crowding us shorties icon_wink.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    pocketnico said
    intensity69 saidSo, with me being a healthy weight for my height (6'6"), should I or shouldn't I pay more than a 5'3" almost non-person who weighs only 115 pounds? OR are we only talking about people that are a couple of standard deviations above or below the norm?


    Yeah, you tall freaks of nature keep crowding us shorties icon_wink.gif
    Nah, they should just make plane cabins oval shaped to allow for more leg room! icon_wink.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    k3l3k0 said
    Roku saidI just know it's stupid to have to pay to bring luggage when they have all that extra space FOR luggage. They act like it's an inconvenience now.


    because it *is* an inconvenience. Everyone wants to fly for nothing which is completely absurd so the airlines have to get revenue from somewhere...


    You pay to fly though. Paying $40-$100 for one bag under 50lbs is crazy.

    Then again I think paying $4 for gas is crazy.. call me old school.
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    May 06, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Fat people should be made to travel as freight in cargo.
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    May 06, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Yes. For example a thin person only needs one seat. While the bigger person could need two or three. It's like clothes the bigger the size (ex.xxl,xxxl,xxxxl..etc) the more your gonna have to pay.


    I thank god. That I'm thin icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Knowing airlines, they'd probably do something stupid like a discount if you're 120 pounds or less. The most fraile, anorexic person on the plane of course icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    People still laugh at me when I tell them that one of my motivators for starting to lose weight was because I had a trip to Orlando last summer and I was afraid I was going to be charged for a second seat. I did manage to lose 35 pounds before the trip.

    I don't necessarily think that I should have to step on a scale like luggage. I think the standard rules of thumb should still apply. If I fill the seat and can safely buckle in - then I can go. If I can't buckle in - then I should be charged the second ticket, but it should be handled more discreetly to minimize the passengers humiliation - the best method for that I really don't know though.
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    May 06, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    Xhris_19_FL saidYes. For example a thin person only needs one seat. While the bigger person could need two or three. It's like clothes the bigger the size (ex.xxl,xxxl,xxxxl..etc) the more your gonna have to pay.


    I thank god. That I'm thin icon_biggrin.gif


    That's actually not true. I was telling someone the other day it isn't fair that people who wear sm-lg have to pay the same price for shirts that are xxl xxxxlll... icon_lol.gif
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    May 06, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    Roku said
    k3l3k0 said
    Roku saidI just know it's stupid to have to pay to bring luggage when they have all that extra space FOR luggage. They act like it's an inconvenience now.
    because it *is* an inconvenience. Everyone wants to fly for nothing which is completely absurd so the airlines have to get revenue from somewhere...
    You pay to fly though. Paying $40-$100 for one bag under 50lbs is crazy.
    Then again I think paying $4 for gas is crazy.. call me old school.
    Then people would complain about how they dare raise the prices of airline flights.