Samoan Airlines Charging Passengers By Weight

April 4, 2013


Samoa, a country best known for being tied with Thin Mints for the best Girl Scout Cookie flavor, now has an airline that charges passengers based on the total weight of their asses and luggage. Each traveler will be weighed alongside their bags at the airport, and the total flight cost calculated. Cue a heavy-breathing uproar.

The new policy is motivated by the fact that Samoa Air's fleet is largely made up of small 12-seater aircraft, which see passengers and baggage accounting for a much larger proportion of total takeoff weight than bigger airplaines. That, and the fact that Samoa has a serious obesity problem.

Prices will vary between $50 to $200 per 100lbs, depending on the length of the journey, but Samoa Air claims that a normal-weight family will actually see a reduction in their fare.

Hey -- you overweight and trying to save on the coast of your next flight? Here's what you do: tape your pant cuffs and waistband to yourself, then fill your pants and underwear with helium like a party balloon. That way when you step on the scale at the airport you'll weigh the exact same as you did before, and realize maybe it's time to holler at some diet and exercise.

Thanks to Clay, who probably isn't the same Clay as I went to first grade with, so I'm going to refrain from threatening to kill him for throwing that dirt clump at me all those years ago.

  • Ava

    This is crazy! Airlines need to start taking responsibility for
    uncomfortable too small seats! Stop laying it on the traveler and
    update your seating! Disgusting idea! The oneness needs to be placed
    back on archaic airlines that insist on fitting in more people per
    flight so seats are a "Test" of peoples comfort, mind and body! Forget
    fitting in an extra person and make your seats so that I want to fly
    again with you! PS I'm all of 155 and 5'8" and VERY uncomfortable on
    most all airline seats

  • Darius Edwards

    I think that every single air liner in the world should do this... I'm sure people who are extremely dirty, or sick can be refused a flight. If you can't take care of your body, then you should have to pay more for it!

  • Guest

    Cheat List:
    ☑ Don't eat B4 getting the ticket
    ☑ Wear light clothing
    ☑ Pack light
    ☑ Ship purchased goods via mail if cheaper
    ☑ Don't be tall and/or chunky

  • Jeremy Tilton

    I wouldn't go so far as to call the brother "fat", I mean he got a weight problem what's the brother gonna do he's Samoan.

  • Steve Taylor

    Thin mints suck BTW.

  • People are so damn funny, jumping to conclusions. Have you seen the planes they use?

    They have every right to charge more..

  • way to be racist towards somoans, since we all know they occupy more space then the rest of us

  • OrehRatiug

    So people who are naturally tall, and therefor naturally heavier, are at a disadvantage? Well at least I know I'd get cheaper tickets!

  • Hayley Prychun Rodgers

    As an obese person I am... okay with this. Weight is a major factor in flight, and the heavier someone is, the more space they take up. If they are tall that is not a huge deal, but if they are wide, well it can cause problems for other people on the flight as well. Not to mention it works well with those who cannot seem to pack less than a years worth of stuff for a week long trip.

  • Airlinersliveinaseparateworld

    Thing is, how does this help the other passengers. Having to sit next to someone who takes up 1/3rd of your seat... Nothing, it just gives more cash to the damn airliners.

  • captaindash

    ? It helps if you're skinny because you pay less, numbnuts. And because fuel is such a big cost, having people pay by weight, from the perspective of the airline's costs, makes total sense. I just wish I was an 89lb japanese girl. Stupid genetics.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    Haha, jokes on them, they just lost all of America's business!

  • Idiot

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