“Are airline’s fat fares fair?” screamed the headline of a local paper I was perusing the other day. A sub-heading further shouted, “Pay-as-you-weigh.”
|Source: Vancouver metro, April 3, 2013|
Click to enlarge if you want to read it.
Hmmm, interesting, thought I, and worthy of delving deeper.
I live on the North American continent, specifically in Canada. We have been known to be rather fit and hardy folks; we do, after all, live in the frigid cold most of the year; we travel to our igloos by dog sled and hunt and trap our own food; naturally we’re fit.
Well, that might have been so a hundred years ago but a lot has changed since then, including the size of our belts.
So this article tweaked my curiosity…
“Who would impose a fee for a person’s fat when flying?” ponder I, while me and myself rustled up a hearty meal of flash frozen fish from the freezer while waiting for my pot of fennel tea; it needed to steep for a full four minutes. (say that fast with a mouth full of fish)
The article that goes with this picture is great.
Now, while this may seem funny to some folks, it got me thinking.
What if you were Ele Opeloge, the Samoan weightlifter in the +75 kg class at the 2012 Olympics, weighing in at a comfortable 270 lbs (124 kg).
Is it fair that you should pay more for the same space on Samoa Air than your teammate Maureen Tuimalealiifano, an archer who also represented Samoa at the 2012 Olympics, and weighs in at a measly 150 lbs (70 kg).
Think about this - are we to assume that Samoa Air will waive the extra 120 lbs that Ele carries because she is an athlete?
Is Ele’s extra 120 lbs necessary, she is, after all, the same height as her 150 lb teammate, Maureen? What purpose does her extra weight serve - other than to lift dead weight?
Should Ele be singled out to pay more?
As you can see it’s not so easy to say to a fat person you should pay more because the person you ate for lunch needs to be accounted for.
Tell that to Ele and see if you survive her clean and jerk...that’s after she’s ripped your gizzards out!
Now, lighthearted bantering aside...this is worth pondering because there are certain things about our physical makeup we cannot change - height, foot size, hat size and even bone density.
I would be very careful if I was Samoa Air...not all fat people are jolly and I can’t imagine many laughing at this poorly thought out money grab, least of all Ele.
Well...there you have some fascinating facts.
What do you think about charging a person by weight to fly?