Obese travelers ‘should pay MORE when they fly because their extra weight burns more fuel’, claims academic
- Professor says overweight passengers generate higher costs for airlines
- He suggests they pay more when they fly, while slim people pay less
- But some in the industry feel the proposals are unworkable
A pay-what-you-weigh airline pricing scheme should be introduced because heavier people cost more in fuel to fly, a professor has claimed.
Heavier passengers would pay more for their plane tickets and lighter ones less under plans put forward by Dr Bharat P Bhatta.
Writing in this month’s Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management publication, Dr Bhatta said weight and space should be taken into account when airlines price their tickets.
Heavy cargo: A Norwegian professor says airlines should force overweight passengers to pay more to fly than their thinner counterparts
Dr Bhatta, of the Sogn og Fjordane University College in Norway, said: ‘Charging according to weight and space is a universally accepted principle, not only in transportation, but also in other services.