Prof: Airlines should charge by person's weight

Prof: Airlines should charge by person's weight

Prof: Airlines should charge by person's weight

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Posted on March 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 10:56 AM

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Do you think airline ticket costs should be related to a person's weight?

NORWAY -- An economics scholar in Norway has recommended that air ticket costs be calculated according to a passenger’s weight, according to a CNN Travel report.

Dr. Bharat P. Bhatta, associate professor of economics at Sogn og Fjordane University College, Norway, said his proposal would benefit airlines, passengers and society at large.

Bhatta published a paper in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management which deducted that “a reduction of 1 kilo weight of a plane will result in fuel savings worth US$3,000 a year and a reduction of CO2 emissions by the same token.”

He noted that airlines have already begun charging extra for heavy baggage, additional bags and in some cases, required oversized passengers to book two seats.

“Charging according to weight and space is a universally accepted principle, not only in transportation, but also in other services," he said. "As weight and space are far more important in aviation than other modes of transport, airlines should take this into account when pricing their tickets.”

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