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Thread: Airline 'fat tax': Should heavy passengers pay more?

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    Airline 'fat tax': Should heavy passengers pay more?

    An economics scholar in Norway has recommended that air ticket costs be calculated according to a passenger’s weight.
    Dr. Bharat P. Bhatta, associate professor of economics at Sogn og Fjordane University College, Norway, is proposing three models that he says, “may provide significant benefits to airlines, passengers and society at large.”

    His three “pay as you weigh” models are:

    Total weight: A passenger’s luggage and body weight is calculated, with the fare comprising a per kilo cost. In this scenario a passenger weighing 100 kilos with 20 kilos of luggage (120 kilos total) would pay twice that of a passenger of 50 kilos with 10 kilos of luggage (60 kilos total).

    Base fare +/- extra: A base fare is set, with a per-kilo discount applying for “underweight” passengers and a per-kilo surcharge applying to “overweight” passengers.

    High/Average/Low: A base fare is set, with a predetermined discount applying for those below a certain weight threshold and a predetermined surcharge applying for those above a certain weight threshold.
    Bhatta prefers the third of these options. He goes on to say that weight could be ascertained through passenger self-declaration, with one in five passengers randomly selected and weighed to dissuade cheats (with penalties for cheaters) or by weighing all passengers at check in.

    http://travel.cnn.com/airline-fat-ta...9046?hpt=hp_c2
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    Why not keep it simple? Pay per seat. If you need two seats, you pay for two seats.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    Why not keep it simple? Pay per seat. If you need two seats, you pay for two seats.
    It's less rude this way. Who cares how big someone is if they fit into the seat...?

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    maybe you would never have to hurt again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    It's less rude this way. Who cares how big someone is if they fit into the seat...?
    As long as their rolls aren't encroaching into my space, I don't care at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    As long as their rolls aren't encroaching into my space, I don't care at all.
    What about there muffin tops or bunt cakes???
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    Airline 'fat tax': Should heavy passengers pay more?

    I don't know, but if they are going to do it, those taxes should be put into the healthcare system since the majority f health care costs in this country are a result of heart-related issues due to years improper diets.

    Taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and junk food should do the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper1016 View Post
    What about there muffin tops or bunt cakes???
    If there's some kind of creamy icing-like substance on top, does that make it a cupcake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    Why not keep it simple? Pay per seat. If you need two seats, you pay for two seats.
    This reminded me of the gentleman i saw standing in line at 7-11 today. He had chili and cheese dripping down his forearm to the floor from his order of nachos that he created. It was stacked about 8 inches high with every possible condiment that 7-11 provided. Should he have been charged for two orders of nachos? It is a curious question.
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    Fat people should definitely pay more for everything.

    There should be fat tax at fast food restaurants. Combo meals at Burger King should be hit with the same kind of tax as cigarettes.

    Fat people, you gotta stop being fat around me. I've had enough.

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