According to an article on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Web site, Samoan Air has a “pay as you weigh” scheme, which means that overweight people will end up paying more. Samoan Air uses little “puddle jumper” airplanes, so I guess it makes sense to know how much people weigh so you can distribute the weight properly and the planes can take off and land. But I sure as hell don’t want to be weighed in public! I don’t even let the doctor tell me how much I weigh.
Apparently, obesity is a big problem in the South Pacific. Samoan Air’s chief executive Chris Langton says this policy might get people thinking more about their weight. I think about my weight all the time. I don’t think having to pay extra for the same tiny seat is going to help that.
It’s funny that this article came out on April 2, though… Otherwise, a lot of people would think it was an April Fool’s joke! It’s 100% legit, though. I’m staying the fuck out of Samoa, that’s for sure!