Why heavier people should pay more to fly

Source: SMH

If you’ve put on a few kilos over the festive season then reading this article may not be to your taste – particularly if you’re about to join the throng of Aussies heading overseas for a holiday.

To cut to the chase: people who weigh more should pay more to fly on planes – in the same way that people who exceed their baggage allowance must fork out extra.

The rationale is simple. The fuel burnt by planes depends on many things but the most important is the weight of the aircraft. The more a plane weighs, the more fuel it must burn.

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If the passengers on the aircraft weigh more, the aircraft consumes more fuel and the airline’s costs go up.

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