Samoa Air is going to start charging customers per their weight, making the Samoan company the first airline to force overweight passengers to pay more for their tickets.
"We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh," Samoa Air said in a statement. "You are the master of your air fair, you decide how much [or little] your ticket will cost. No more exorbitant excess baggage fees or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple."
When booking their flight, customers are asked to enter their estimated weight and the fare is then calculated, reports IBTimes.co.uk.
However, it doesn't end there. Customers are actually weighed at the airport to make sure they have paid the correct price.
"People have always travelled on the basis of their seat, but, as many airline operators know, airlines don't run on seats; they run on weight," Samoa Air chief executive Chris Langton told ABC Radio. "The smaller the aircraft you are in, the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers."
"We have worked out a figure per kilo. This is the fairest way of you traveling with your family or yourself. You can put your baggage on, there are no separate fees because of excess baggage, a kilo is a kilo is a kilo."
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"The people that have been most pleasantly surprised are families because we don't charge on the seat requirement, even though a child is required to have a seat, we just weigh them," added Langton. "So a family of maybe two adults and a couple of mid-sized kids and younger children can travel for considerably less than what they were being charged before."
"There is no doubt in my mind that this is the concept of the future. We always weigh the mass that is on an aircraft," Langton said. "And that always has to pay for the transportation; it doesn't matter whether you are carrying freight or people. "