POLL: Should airfare be based on weight?

March 27, 2013 2:30:18 PM PDT
An idea being floated to make airfare more fair is setting your base fare by weight.

The price you pay for an airline ticket will change, depending on when you buy it and when your flight is. Now a researcher from Norway is suggesting that airlines should set a starting price based on how much a passenger weighs.

Professor Bharat Bhatta had his findings published in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management. CNN reports that his study found reducing the weight on a plane by a little more than 2 pounds will result in fuel savings of $3,000 per year.

Samoa Air is already practicing a pay-per-weight model, charging passengers by the pound.

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance has come out in opposition to the weight pricing model.