You read that right, Samoa Air has begun charging customers based on their weight. According to the airline, passengers will be charged anywhere between $50 to $200 per 100-pounds, depending on the length of the journey. On the bright side, “normal-weight family will actually see a reduction in their fare.” Continue reading for a scenic flight video and more information.
The new policy is motivated by the fact that Samoa Air’s fleet is largely made up of small 12-seater aircraft, which see passengers and baggage accounting for a much larger proportion of total takeoff weight than bigger airplanes. That, and the fact that Samoa has a serious obesity problem.