h1fl1er wrote:buddy, how much do overweight bags actually add to the trip cost? How about just one overweight bag? Yet they're still charged.
Overweight baggage fees are so high largely to act as a deterrent in a volume-limited space, because you just know someone will try moving their whole house one day. And whenever manual handling is involved there’s worker health and safety considerations (i.e costs) that a heavier person doesn’t cause.
h1fl1er wrote:Cargo? It's charged by the oz. Or the g or whatever measure you want to specify. Why not people? If you don't want to weigh everyone then just put a weight surcharge on overweight passengers.
Airlines don’t want to charge people by the kg. If they did, they would have to give a whole seat to a 4 year old who pays just 20% of the fare that her father in the next seat pays. That is a massive drop in yield that will be – wait for it – subsidized by you.
h1fl1er wrote:Flying 200ppl all of whom are 20kgs overweight...this is 4t extra and this cost should be shared by the people who impose it. Thin, healthy people are subsidizing fat slobs the world over...it should stop is all I'm saying and this is a good place for the airlines to fairly price tickets.
Such an extreme example would require at least a mid-sized jet, let’s go with an A330. Even combined, these 200 people are only adding in the region of 1.6-1.7% to the aircraft's weight above-standard, or 0.0085% per person. Per Wikipedia, a rule of thumb is that for a 1% change in weight, fuel consumption will also change by 0.75%. I think you can see where I’m going with this, the extra cost of flying someone who weighs 20kg more than the standard weight is a ridiculously small percentage that would be commensurate with the increased fare you may be able to charge them (and in line with the discount you hope to receive by being slightly under).
To illustrate my point to the extreme - I’ve never vomited on a jet yet my ticket subsidizes those who do as it pays for their sick bags. If you’re that desperate to only pay for the costs you personally incur then maybe give a certain Irish airline a call.
h1fl1er wrote:subsidizing fat slobs the world over
Is your motivation here really to save money or is it just to punish fat people?