Ciro
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Costs Of Flying Fat People

Mon Apr 29, 2002 12:25 am

Generally speaking, people are getting heavier and heavier. The overweighted population now represents over 75% of the US population. How much this excess weight has represented in operational costs for airlines if compared to the early 90s?

I once read that the 400lbs of painting a 747 needs for its livery costs an extra U$ 40.000 per year in fuel.

There are certainly other costs, such as extra room space, the development of special meals, etc...

Poor airlines... They just can´t get a break for the rising costs, but anyways, which itens would cause an impact in their balance sheet? How much would be that?


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RE: Costs Of Flying Fat People

Mon Apr 29, 2002 12:45 am

I think airlines would factor this into their operating costs. Of course there are some instances I have heard of where the airline has charged for an extra seat to accomodate the passenger, but my experiences in Australia on QF, AN {RIP}, Sunstate+Flight West+Transtate {regionals} have never been a problem. I am about 2cms under 6'2 without shoes and an inch and a half higher when wearing good leather shoes, and heavily built, but I have never had any problems whatsoever on planes varying in size from a Twin Otter {yes of course I have to bend over to walk to my seat} to a 747. I have however seen a flight attendant {on a regional} get a seatbelt extension for another passenger. I think airlines factor people like me into their operating costs {and their menu planning, the best food gets more customers! Big thumbs up}

In fact, I've had more problems getting into a car because of my stature than getting into or out of an aeroplane seat! No joke.

By the way, are you nervous about something? If not, why do you ask this question?  Big thumbs up

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RE: Costs Of Flying Fat People

Mon Apr 29, 2002 12:53 am

SixStarAnsett,

I put on a couple of pounds last week and I´m not feeling like going into a diet! Hahahahaha  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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RE: Costs Of Flying Fat People

Mon Apr 29, 2002 12:58 am

Lose weight the Australian way in the 3 easy steps:

1. Take off your shoes.
2. Have a haircut.
3. Trim you nails.

Works for me!  Big thumbs up