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Fat Flyers Cost Airlines More  
User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

Interesting:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/110404dnnatheavyfliers.24bac075.html


"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2318 times:

For those that don't want to sign their life away to Dallasnews.com, here's a summary:
-Thru the 90s, avg weight of Americans gone up 10lbs, causing increase of $275m to burn 350m more gallons of fuel in 2000
-3.8m extra tons of CO2
-65% of Americans overweight or obese 1999-2002
-SW Airlines charge obese passengers an extra seat
-Alaska Airlines include a child weight figure in their passenger calculations

It's not just people either - why should I subsidise my co-traveller's 30kg of bags when I've only got 10kg?

Geoff M.


User currently offlineMoman From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2294 times:

Doesn't surpise me. I don't want to be the one stuck beside the big dude taking up half of my seat that I paid for and making my trip uncomfortable.

Moman



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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2248 times:

Following on Oneworld's statement....yes, Hz747300, how dare you insult traveling pets like that. Why should they have to travel with the fat people?  Big grin

User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2239 times:

ever watch the show airline with southwest, the one where they had this particular issue on hand, they had the guy go to the a/c to see if his body fit inbetween the arm-rests? it was quite funny, yet sad at the same time....

treadmill time !



The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
User currently offlinePacman769 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2232 times:

Here is the article on Fox News.com... for free and w/o any registration requirements to view it.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,137636,00.html

AP-


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9495 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2197 times:

I think airlines also lose a lot more in loyalty. An overweight passenger that had to buy a second ticket at the gate would be unlikely to fly X airline again. But if the overweight person didn't buy two tickets, then the person sitting next to them would have a horrible flight and now want to fly on X airlines again because they will have recurring thoughts of how horrible the flight was. The only way to solve the perpetual lose lose problem would be to go like Midwest and have business class seating throughout your entire plane.


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User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2189 times:


which is why all the airlines in america are losing money...

::dodges bricks for making such a generalization of americans::

just kidding i live here too, and ill probably end up being fat sometime too, thanks to my car and mcdonalds.

twa902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2349 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2180 times:

I'll catch hell for this, but one could also say that overweight flyers are also bad for the environment. Planes are burning more fuel to fly the same distances.


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User currently offlineHz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1656 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2173 times:
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I'll catch hell for this, but one could also say that overweight flyers are also bad for the environment. Planes are burning more fuel to fly the same distances.

Not to mention, fat people are more gassy.



Keep on truckin'...
User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2163 times:

if they are going to target overweight people, then i can see the overweight people point at those who get away at check-in counters with overweight bags....similar effect to airline costs...more weight, no money.


The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2349 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2137 times:


then i can see the overweight people point at those who get away at check-in counters with overweight bags....similar effect to airline costs...more weight, no money.


I agree. I believe airlines/airports should start enforcing carryon size/weight limits. However, overweight people and carryon baggage are also two seperate issues. While both cost more in fuel, the oversize carryons don't cause discomfort for fellow seatmates.



The 747: The hands who designed it were guided by god.
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8188 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

When you talk about people being over the "average" weight you also have to take into consideration how many people who are under the average weight are flying, from the very thin to little kids. Taken all together they generate the average pax weight.

As for the hugely overweight, I tend to support the need to buy two seats. But then the airline has to ensure that they get both seats, even if it means pre-boarding.

For the the problem is is pax, even thin ones, who can't keep their elbows within the armrests, especially while eating.


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1974 times:
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Byrdluvs747

However, overweight people and carryon baggage are also two separate issues. While both cost more in fuel, the oversize carryons don't cause discomfort for fellow seatmates.


Should Mrs. X decide to get onboard with carry-on luggage three times the usual limit, she takes up space in the overhead bins other passengers were supposed to utilize. No space for my bag then, I guess it will have to go under the seat in front of me?

Does it cause me discomfort? Yes.

Rgds

SA7700



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