Samoa Airline operates out of the South Pacific. It is a small airline that has recently made big news because of its new ticket pricing policy known as, paying-by-the-pound. Here’s how it works. When you arrive at their air terminal ticket counter there is a weigh scale. You step on the scale and the price you pay for your ticket is calculated as follows: $1 per kilogram (2.2 lbs.) for short flights or $4 per kilogram (2.2 lbs.) for long flights. The reason? Samoa Airline has gone to this pricing structure because the Samoans are the most obese people in the world (according to the World Health Organization, 90% of their population is overweight). And since a plane’s cargo load is the number one expense factor in operating an airline ( it costs more to fly ten heavier people than it does to fly ten lighter people) the company feels justified in its policy.
The question is, Will this pay-by-the-pound innovation be applied to other areas of life as well? Such as – A weighed driver’s license fee because the more fuel burned the more pollution caused. A weighed motel room bill because of greater mattress wear and increased use of water, soap, towels. A weighed buffet charge because of more food items consumed? A weighed garment price because of increased material required.
The bottom line? This is truly a weighty matter and I am not sure which side to weigh in on. In the meantime, I’ll just keep weighing my options and you’ll have to determine whether to give any weight to what I just said.
DIETERS ON DIETING
● My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four, unless there are three other people present.
● Let us eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we diet.
● Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.
● A diet is the penalty paid for exceeding the feed limit.
● Rich, fatty foods are like destiny; they too, shape our ends.
● I keep trying to lose weight, but it keeps finding me.
● Brain cells come and go, but fat cells live forever.
● The only way to lose weight is to check it in as airline baggage.
● A balanced diet is a donut in each hand.
● Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!
● Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.
● I’m in shape. Round is a shape, isn’t it?
● The first thing you lose on a diet is your humour.
● I’m not overweight. I’m just undertall.
And the Lord…shall make fat thy bones.