Airline Tells Passengers to Pay What You Weigh

An airline has decided to charge baggage fees of a different kind - how much you weigh. It will cost you a buck per kilogram (or 2.2 pounds)

If you’re still getting used to the idea of paying fees for extra-heavy luggage, brace yourself for a new pay model whereby your ticket price will be determined by the baggage you carry on your frame.

Samoa Air, a small island-hopping operation within the U.S. territory of American Samoa, will calculate ticket prices based on a person's body weight. Passengers can expect to pay between 93 cents and $1.06 per kilogram (2.2 pounds), depending the length of the flight.

Score one for the diminutive of the nation!

Samoa Air claims it's the fairest pay model, and says that in some cases their tickets will cost less than conventionally priced airfare. But will it really? The Pacific Islands has one of the world’s highest rates of obesity; in Samoa, 59.6 percent of the population is obese.

Will this pay model be catching on in the rest of the U.S. anytime soon? Samoa Air seems to think so, calling it “the concept of the future.”

"With Samoa Air, you are the master of how much (or little!) you air ticket will cost,” according to their website.

Hooray! Affordable airfare for all… well, at least skinny people, anyway.

If that isn’t further motivation to get in shape for your vacation, we don’t know what is. And don’t even think about fibbing on your weight when you go to buy your ticket online because you will be weighed before you board your flight.

Instead of losing weight to fit into your bikini, you can crash diet for a cheaper airline ticket. What extremes might we go to on the days leading up to our weigh-in -- especially those extreme couponers on reality TV. Maybe their pre-flight boarding rituals would include saunas, laxatives, emptying all of all pockets... cutting off a limb...

We figured there's got to be a way to beat the system, so we checked in on a few wrestlers' websites to see how to drop those extra pounds before your weigh in. Here are a few handy tips:

  • You lose about two pounds in your sleep. So sleep a lot! It also keeps you from eating, which helps when you’re hungry and trying to lose weight
  • Stay away from salt… and water, for that matter. Who wants to pay extra for belly bloat? (You can rebound from the dehydration after you pay for the ticket).
  • Maybe it goes without saying but, take a big poop before your flight.
  • Spit into an empty can. We’re not kidding. Apparently, spit weighs more than water, so over the course of a day, chew gum and keep spitting, and you could lose two pounds!
  • Invest in a sauna suit and go running the day before your flight. Garbage bags work, too, but they're dangerous, so don't run alone.
  • And last but not least, stop eating, just not to the point of starvation.

Please note that we do not endorse any of these methods, nor do we actually recommend trying them at home (or anywhere for that matter). Instead, consider flying on another airline.

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