Ever since fuel prices have been on the rise, I've wondered why airlines don't price tickets based on weight rather than the current system where pricing is related to factors that few of us understand.
I mean, really, if it costs more to fly a 300 pound person than a 180 pound person, why shouldn't the 300 pound person pay more?
And by "300 pound person" I'm including the 200 pound person that brings 100 pounds of baggage along. That costs money to fly too.
We're sort of headed in that direction with extra costs for extra bags, but why not just go all the way? Make the pricing fair. Airlines can compete on a dollars per pound from point A to point B.
This might encourage people to pack less junk. That's save fuel costs, baggage handline time, and so on. It might even encourage frequent flies to think twice about eating that Cinnabon "treat" before getting on board.
Would that be so bad?
After all, when it comes to buying gas at the pump for our cars, we each pay for what we use. The people who are moving heavier loads (either themselves or their cars) buy more gas and the gas stations "compete" on a dollars per gallon basis. There's no flat fee to fill up a car based on when you decided you need to fill up.
Same with electricity. And water. And so many other things in life.
Let's pay the actual cost and no pretend that moving a 12 year old across country uses the same amount of fuel as her overweight 48 year old father.
Have there been airlines that tried this in the past? Did they end up only flying supermodels and skinny people around? Did people pack less baggage?
Update: See the comments on FriendFeed too.
Posted by jzawodn at July 14, 2008 02:11 PM